Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, is one of the most common conditions that our Tsawwassen dentist treats. Yet, many people don’t know that they have the condition until after they’ve had a dental exam.
Although the infection can sometimes go unnoticed, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Not only that, but gum infections can impact your overall health and quality of life. That’s why it’s extremely important to recognize the symptoms early and get treatment before you lose your smile for good.
Gum Disease: Common Symptoms of Periodontitis
Unless you’re a smoker, the first symptom that you’ll tend to develop is bleeding gums. You may only notice a little bleeding on your floss or toothbrush at first. But gums that bleed aren’t normal or healthy; they’re the first sign that your body is trying to tell you there’s something wrong.
If daily flossing doesn’t reverse your bleeding gums in the first two weeks, the early gingivitis may have become something more involved and require professional treatment with Dr. Jan Roberts, our Tsawwassen cosmetic dentist.
Watch for other signs, such as:
- Loose teeth or teeth that have shifted out of place
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gumlines
- Swollen, red, or blue gums
- Food lodging under the gumlines during meals
- Heavy tartar buildup
In most cases, gum disease develops when someone hasn’t had access to ongoing preventive dental care, or doesn’t brush and floss adequately over an extended period of time. The soft dental plaque starts to calcify into tartar, accumulating under the gums. Slowly, the gums become diseased and begin to pull away from the tooth. As a result, the bone surrounding the roots can also shrink away and affect the stability of the teeth.
Treating and Reversing Gum Disease
Your smile isn’t the only thing that suffers when you have gum disease. The condition also increases your chance of health problems such as heart attack, stroke, and infertility, among dozens of others. It can even be passed between family members, by kissing or sharing food.
Fortunately, periodontitis can be treated. If caught early enough, it can even be reversed.
Start by scheduling a dental check-up and hygiene appointment at Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation in South Delta, BC. During your comprehensive exam, we’ll perform a periodontal assessment where all of the gum attachment levels are measured. If any detachment has taken place or there’s a significant amount of tartar, we’ll recommend a deep cleaning. This thorough cleaning provides you with an adequate environment to maintain optimal oral health, so that buildup can be prevented and the gums potentially reattach to the teeth.
Instead of scheduling a cleaning every six months, we may need to see you more frequently while symptoms persist. Every 3-4 months is ideal. In more severe cases, grafting or surgery may be needed.
If you have symptoms of gum disease, you owe it to yourself and your smile to schedule an appointment at Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation right away. Contact us today at 604-943-3343 or book an appointment online to find out how we can help you maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime.