While you may think that some loss of teeth is inevitable with aging, it is actually possible for all of your teeth to last a lifetime with advances in the field of periodontics. One of the ways you can achieve this goal is to avoid periodontal disease which is caused by bacteria that attack the tissues around the teeth. Unfortunately, you may not even realize you have gum disease as the signs and symptoms are not always as apparent to you as they are to a dental professional.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Bleeding Gums - it is not normal for healthy gums to bleed. It is usually the first warning sign of gum disease.
- Bad Breath - plaque collects around the spaces between teeth, creating an environment that the bacteria produce sulphur contaminating compounds.
- Redness or swelling of the gums - inflammation of the gums.
- Receding Gums - if your teeth look longer that means the gum and bone are moving away and exposing the root surface.
- Sensitivity - exposed roots are sensitive to hot and cold.
- Periodontal Abscess - bacteria can become enclosed in a periodontal pocket and the area fills with pus and becomes swollen.
- Loose Teeth - teeth become loose when there is loss of bone. Teeth also become loose from clenching or grinding your teeth.
If you have any further questions about the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, please Dr. Miller.