Could your mouth be trying to tell you that you have periodontal disease?
Gum disease doesn’t have to happen to you. Our Sparkill, NY, dentist Dr. Thomas Williams gives you tips on what to look out for when it comes to the warning signs of gum disease. Find out if you are experiencing symptoms that warrant a trip to our office.
There are three stages to gum disease:
- Advanced gum disease
When you come in for a routine checkup our Sparkill, NY, general dentist Dr. Williams will also be able to detect the presence of gum disease. While we will provide a proper diagnosis, it’s always important that you are able to recognize the signs right away so you can receive treatment fast.
Fortunately, this stage of gum disease is reversible if it is caught soon enough and proper measures have been put into place to get your gums back on track. Common signs of gingivitis include:
- Bleeding gums, typically when flossing or brushing
- Puffy, red gums
- Receding gums that make teeth appear longer
- Bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away
When gingivitis has gone undetected it will continue to get worse until it turns to periodontitis. At this point, this condition can start to affect the health of teeth and bones, as well as your gums. Common periodontitis symptoms include:
- Inflamed, tender and red gums
- Pockets forming between teeth and gums (gums pulling away from the teeth)
- The presence of pus between the gums and the teeth
- A change in your bite
- Bad breath
This is the most serious form of gum disease you can have. Besides all the symptoms listed above, it’s also fairly common to notice loose teeth or to have experienced tooth loss. While you won’t be able to see it, this disease can also affect the health of your jawbone, resulting in bone loss.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to seek medical care right away. Contact Dedicated Dental Services located in Sparkill, NY, and serving the Old Tappan, Tappan, Blauvelt, Piermont, Palisades, Norwood & Orangeburg areas.