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Periodontal Disease & Gum Disease

What are some warning signs for Periodontal Disease and what are some causes?

Periodontal Disease & Gum DiseaseIt is possible to have gum disease/periodontal disease without knowing it. These are some warning signs for perio disease:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Red colored (darker than usual), swollen, & sensitive gums
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • loose or separating teeth
  • If your teeth fit together differently when you bite

Leading Cause for Tooth Loss Among Adults

One of the main causes of tooth loss for adults is Periodontal Disease. If you have red and sensitive gums the will bleed while brushing or flossing – you may have periodontal disease.

A prominent cause for gum disease is the increase of plaque, which is a colorless layer of bacteria surrounding your teeth and invading your surrounding teeth as well as, the bone which supports your tooth.

Gingivitis

Another important factor is Gingivitis, often a preliminary sign of gum disease. The discomfort level is minimal however the gums will bleed easily and swollen. If you neglect your oral hygiene and do not practice home care dental procedures as well as timely dental visits, you can suffer from gingivitis.

Gingivitis that goes untreated will transfer into the periodontitis phase. Dental patients that allow bacteria and plaque to spread under the gum line & charge tissues and supporting bones will experience the separation of gums from teeth which will lead to increased bacteria and plaque in pockets. Leaving this untreated can lead to gum disease due to destroyed tissue and bone.

Schedule a Periodontal Exam

If you think you may have periodontitis or periodontal disease you should see your dentist immediately for a periodontal exam.

Dr. Jeffrey H. Stein offers periodontal exams, call (661) 949-1894 to schedule one.

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