Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
Find out if changes to your gums could be warning signs of gum disease.
Are you noticing that every time you floss or brush that there are traces of blood in the sink? If so, this may be the very first sign that your gums aren’t as healthy as you might have thought they were. The very beginning stage of inflammation is known as gingivitis; however, if gingivitis is not detected early enough it can turn into full-blown gum disease. This is why it’s so important to visit your Redlands, CA, dentist Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts every six months for checkups.
Warning Signs and Symptoms
Unfortunately, gum disease doesn’t always present with symptoms, so keeping up with preventive dental visits is one surefire way to keep gums healthy and free from infection. Of course, if you notice any of these issues then it’s time to see your dentist right away:
Red, puffy gums: This is a classic symptom of gum disease. Since inflammation is the first sign that something is wrong, it’s important to check the appearance of your gums on a daily basis so you notice any redness, swelling, tenderness or pain when it first appears.
Bleeding gums: As we mentioned above, another classic symptom of gum disease is gums that bleed easily. You may notice that your gums bleed whenever you floss or brush your teeth. You may even notice bleeding when biting into certain foods such as an apple. While it is normal for there to be some bleeding if you haven’t flossed in a while, bleeding should not persist. If you are dealing with bleeding gums then call your Redlands, CA, general dentist.
Shrinking gums: Are your gums starting to shrink or are your teeth getting longer? This isn’t an optical illusion; if you are noticing that your teeth appear longer than usual then your gums could be receding, another common symptom of gum disease. As the jawbone starts to deteriorate it’s typical that the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth. If you notice that your gums have started to recede it’s time to see a dentist right away.
Along with these most common symptoms you may also experience,
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that wiggle
Here in Redlands, CA, our dental team offers a full range of dental services, from general and cosmetic to restorative and even laser dentistry. In fact, laser dentistry is one way in which Dr. Hamrick-Stotts can kill the bacteria responsible for causing infected pockets within the gums. If you are dealing with gum disease call our office at (909) 793-9711 today to learn more about our different treatment options.