Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

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At Peace Periodontics, we are often asked why did I develop gum disease (periodontitis)? Gum disease can occur at any age, and if it is detected in the early stages, it can be treated and reversed. Below is a list of the common signs and symptoms of gum disease that indicate the onset of gum disease:

  • Gums are red, puffy, swollen or tender
  • Gums bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Your teeth appear longer because your gums are receding
  • Your gums separated or pulled away from your teeth, creating a pocket
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Visible pus between your teeth and gums
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Your teeth have a lot of plaque and calculus build-up

How Do I Know if I Have Healthy Gums?

If you have healthy gums, they are firm and don’t bleed when either brushing or flossing. They are a light pink color and fit snugly around your teeth.

What is the Difference Between Gum Disease and Gingivitis?

The signs and symptoms of gum disease are relevant for most forms of this disease. When you have gingivitis, the gums may appear mildly inflamed or appear red or swollen. If your gums bleed when brushing, this is also a major sign that you have periodontal disease. Gingivitis is reversible, with proper treatment and home care routine.

Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. It is most notable when your gums have begun to separate and recede from the teeth. Plaque and bacteria can move towards the roots, which function as the support mechanism to fibers and bone. When you have advanced periodontitis, the supporting fibers and bones are decayed.  This can end up causing your teeth to become loose and may even result in the need for their removal!

Learn More about Periodontal Disease

At Peace Periodontics, our goal is to identify and treat the signs and symptoms of gum disease and help our patients restore the health of their teeth and gums. If you have been referred to see a periodontist or if you currently experience the above signs and symptoms of gum disease, we invite you to contact our office for an appointment.

To learn more about Gum Disease, we invite you to contact Peace Periodontics to schedule a consultation appointment.

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