Gum Disease Diagnosis
The early detection and prevention of gum disease is another reason for regular dental checkups.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Did you know that you can have periodontal disease with no obvious symptoms?
Here are some more obvious signs to keep an eye out for:
- Loose teeth – Since gum disease usually results in bone loss, teeth can become loose, especially when clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Redness or swelling of the gums – This is usually the first noticeable sign of periodontal disease.
- Bleeding gums – Any bleeding of the gums should be considered a warning sign of gum disease.
- Bad breath – It's very easy for plaque to collect in the spaces between the teeth, creating the perfect environment for the bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Receding gums – This is another indication of gum disease and is not something you want to ignore. If you believe your gums are receding, schedule an appointment with your dentist.
- Periodontal abscess – Bacteria can become enclosed in a periodontal pocket and the area will fill with pus, becoming swollen and painful.