Did you know that nearly 65 million people currently suffer from gum disease? This widespread dental health issue is actually surpassing diabetes in prevalence, endangering millions of smiles across the country. Unfortunately, a major factor in the spread of periodontal disease is the fact that most people simply don’t know they have it. Without recognizing the warning signs, some people won’t seek treatment, allowing the severity of their gum issues to progress. Below, we discuss the symptoms of gum disease to help you recognize the most common warning signs.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Symptoms of Gum Disease
Question: How does gum disease form?
Answer: Periodontal disease occurs when the gums become inflamed, typically due to plaque buildup on the teeth. The inflammation causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. Soon, pockets form at the gum line. When bacteria invade these pockets, patients can develop periodontal disease.
Question: What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Answer: If you experience bleeding gums or notice your gums are especially sore or red, you should see your dentist. Receding gums, chronic bad breath, and even loose teeth are also warning signs of gum disease.
Question: How often should I have my gums examined?
Answer: You should have a checkup and dental cleaning once every six months. These visits allow your dental professional to examine your gums for any indicators of periodontal disease.
Question: What happens if I don’t seek treatment for gum disease?
Answer: Without treatment, gum disease can worsen, eventually becoming periodontitis. At this stage, many adults suffer from premature tooth loss.
About Periodontics Associates
With years of hands-on experience and focused training in surgical and non-surgical approaches to periodontal care, Dr. M. Randal Comeaux and Dr. Bryan S. Pearson provide exceptional care that places patient comfort first. We are passionate about periodontal health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail. Contact our Lafayette, LA office at (337) 989-0267 or our Opelousas, LA satellite office at (800) 821-6503. We proudly serve patients in Lafayette, Carencro, Scott, Youngsville, Broussard, Milton, Abbeville, Maurice, New Iberia, and surrounding communities throughout Acadiana.