Signs of Gum Disease
Signs of Gum Disease
We all notice if our teeth are a little yellower, or if our smile is not as pretty as we’d like, but almost everybody fails to notice what holds it all together, and that is the gums.
Did you know that gum disease with all its stages is the most common disease to affect the mouth, even more than decay?
That is because of our innate habit of looking out for our teeth and neglecting the gums. Gum disease is the second most common cause of tooth loss. At a certain stage, gum disease treatment becomes very difficult, if not impossible.
For these reasons and more, Dr. Taher Dhoon, your local Greely, CO dentist, explains the different signs and symptoms of gum disease, so that you could detect early if there is a problem and seek to fix it as soon as possible:
Redness and Inflammation:
The first sign of the first stage of gum disease is inflammation of the gums themselves. They appear red, swollen, itchy and easily bleeding even with the slightest touch. The all too familiar sign of bleeding while brushing is a sure sign that you need to seek help from your dentist soon.
Calculus and Tartar build up:
If you leave your teeth unclean for a few days, you will start to notice the food remnants and debris piling up on your teeth. This is called dental plaque. If this plaque is also neglected, in a few days it hardens and becomes calculus. This calculus is a playground for bacteria and germs, and cannot be removed except through a professional cleaning session at your dentist’s office.
Although bad breath has a variety of causes, one of the most common is gum disease. If the gums disease reaches an advanced stage, food remnants start to be stored inside the swollen gums. These are later fermented emitting that foul odor.
Pain and Sensitivity to Hot and Cold:
You may look in the mirror and find that your teeth and gums are fine to the naked eye, but you still can’t eat ice cream or drink a cold glass of water without feeling like there’s electricity running through your teeth. This sensitivity is a sign that you are beginning to develop periodontal disease, which is the second and more dangerous stage of gum disease.
We asked our friend, Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA, about gum disease. Dr. Ben Kacos says that gum recession is a common symptom in the later stages of gum disease. If you start to see your gums receding away from your teeth, exposing the roots and making your teeth seem “taller”, then you definitely suffer from periodontal disease. Gum recession occurs due to the lack of support from the bones and periodontal ligament, which have been degraded due to periodontal disease. You would also feel extreme sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.
This is the final stage of periodontal disease, where the bones, ligaments, and gums have degraded to a degree that there is no more support for your teeth, and they start to move and float. By this stage, there is nothing more that your dentist could do except try to preserve the tooth as much as possible, but expect you would be losing it soon and seeking a replacement.
As you can see, gum disease develops in stages. It is of utmost importance that you recognize the early signs and symptoms, and seek immediate help from your Greeley dentist to reverse the condition and prevent it from reaching the point of no return.