Periodontal Symptoms

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Recognize Periodontal Symptoms Early to Get the Treatment You Need

Gum disease symptoms must be taken seriously to protect your oral health.

Periodontal symptoms should not be ignored because the early signs of gum disease are relatively easy to treat. Once gum disease advances to the advanced periodontitis stage, it is much harder to get under control. You may experience side effects such as loose teeth, gum tissue loss, and even tooth loss. If you notice any periodontal disease symptoms such as bleeding gums, gum recession, bad breath, or loose teeth, make an appointment with one of our doctors right away.


Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are one of the most common side effects of gum disease and can be triggered by hormonal changes, improper brushing or flossing technique, or even when eating certain foods. If you have sore and painful gums that bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease.

Gum Recession

An active infection in the mouth can make the gum tissue wear away and expose more of the tooth structure. This makes the teeth more sensitive and you may feel a small notch forming around the gum line. Gum recession is best treated with a gum grafting procedure, or minimally-invasive gingival grafting techniques such as micro-surgery or the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™).

Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath isn’t just a side effect of the foods you eat or poor oral hygiene habits. It can also be the result of an infection in the mouth and can be difficult to mask with mouthwash or fresh breath sprays. Excessive plaque buildup around the teeth is a haven for bacteria which can create toxins in the mouth. You may have very noticeable bad breath when you have an active infection in the mouth.

Loose Teeth

If you notice any of your teeth are becoming loose or are shifting slowly, you may have a weak tooth structure and some degree of bone loss because of gum disease. Loose teeth can affect your speech and ability to chew properly.