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Gum Disease, When To See A Periodontist

If you are suffering from the following symptoms, it may be time to see a periodontist

Gum disease often goes undetected due to the fact that symptoms may not appear until the disease is in an advanced stage. In the fight against dental disease your first line of defense is to maintain regular dental appointments and recognize potential warning signs.

What is gum disease?

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and causes the gums to become swollen, red and bleed easily. It is often caused by a lack of or inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with good oral habits and professional treatment.

Causes that may contribute to gingivitis include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Aging
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Systemic diseases
  • Stress
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Puberty
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Pregnancy
  • Substance abuse
  • HIV infection
  • Certain medications 

Untreated gingivitis can escalate to periodontitis where the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. Gums will begin to separate from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected. As the disease advances, the pockets become deeper and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this damaging process will have mild symptoms but eventually, teeth will become loose and may have to be removed.

Millions of people are unaware that they may have this serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if not treated. Warning signs of gum disease include the following:

  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
  • Separating or loose teeth
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way the teeth fit together when biting down
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

There are a number of reasons why you may be referred to a periodontist regarding the health of your gums, but it is important to be aware of and recognize the symptoms before gum disease advances to loss of bone or teeth.

If you are suffering from swollen or painful gums and teeth, contact the experts at LaBell dentistry to ask about treatment options.

Caring for your gums and teeth is important. Make sure to properly brush and floss every day and visit LaBell Dentistry for regular cleanings and checkups. Dr. Terry LaBell can help you decide if dental implants make sense for you. Call the office at 877.402.1246 or use the online contact form to schedule a consultation today.