Gum disease is preventable, and easily treated in its early forms. When it begins it’s nothing more than an infection—an infection that’s usually painless—in the gum tissue. Most people do not know they have the early stages of gum disease, but your dentist at Premier Smile can quickly and diagnose it, and, in early stages, easily treat it.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease symptoms vary, although the first apparent symptom is gum tissue that are red and appear swollen; the gum tissue could even bleed easily. The gums will begin to pull away from the teeth as the infection progresses. The patient will also develop a bad taste in his or her mouth and, unfortunately, pervasive bad breath. As gum disease progresses, the symptoms will get more severe as the gum tissue that supports the teeth continues to change and breakdown.
There are several factors that can increase the likelihood that a person develops gum disease. The most obvious is poor oral hygiene; it’s so important that a person brush twice each and every day and floss at least once. A person who uses tobacco, any type, will be a likely candidate. Systemic disease, especially diabetes, can be a cause of gum disease. And even certain medications can initiate gum disease.
If you suspect that you have gum disease, it’s best to pay a visit to your dentist at Premier Smile immediately. The early stages of gum disease, called Gingivitis, are easily treatable. But if gum disease is allowed to progress it can develop into the much more severe periodontal disease, and the symptoms and the potential outcome for periodontal disease is much more severe and much more difficult to treat.
Remember that the easiest way to prevent gum disease is to keep to a regular dental routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once. And stick to a regular twice-yearly dental visit with your dentist at Premier Smile. If you need to schedule your next appointment, or if you have any other questions about gum disease and the possible treatments, then call Premier Smile today.