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Importance of Being Aware of the Signs of Periodontal Disease

Woman with tooth painIf gum disease is allowed to advance into its most severe form, it’s known as periodontal disease or periodontitis. The beginnings of gum disease can sometimes go unnoticed because the symptoms aren’t always painful or uncomfortable. However, the earlier we’re able to catch and treat cases of gum disease, the more easily and painlessly it can be treated.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Below are a few symptoms of gum disease and periodontitis that you should never ignore. If you’re experiencing any combination of the below symptoms, please contact Meadows Family Dentistry today:

  • Bleeding Gums – Healthy gum tissue should not bleed during normal brushing or flossing routines. This can be one of the earlier signs of gum disease.
  • Swollen Gum Tissue – If plaque is allowed to accumulate on the gums, the tissue can become swollen, tender, inflamed, or reddened.
  • Gum or Tooth Sensitivity – As the aforementioned swelling occurs, the gum tissue may begin to recede or pull away from the teeth. As this happens, the nerves of the teeth will become exposed, causing increased sensitivity.
  • Halitosis – Halitosis is also known as chronic bad breath. The bacteria that accumulates on the gums and causes gum disease is also known to have a foul odor. If the bacteria is not brushed or flossed away, bad breath will be a result.
  • Pain or Loose Teeth – Pain in the gum tissues or loosening of the teeth are a few of the more advanced symptoms of gum disease. These are signs that should not be ignored.

Again, if you believe you’re suffering from gum disease in any of its stages, please contact Meadows Family Dentistry as we’ll fit you in as quickly as possible. Our general dental office is located here in Castle Rock, Colorado.  

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