Most people don’t realize how serious periodontal (gum) disease is—or just how common. Gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss in adults. The problem is that many times, people don’t even realize they have it because they don’t visit their dentist regularly. Sometimes symptoms of gum disease don’t start showing up until the disease in its advanced form and irreversible.
If you are overdue for a dental checkup, the health of your gums could be in jeopardy. Call our West Chester practice, Joel R. Koch, DDS, to find out if you need gum disease treatment.
Signs of Gum Disease
- One of the earliest signs of periodontal disease is gums that bleed whenever you brush and floss. This could mean you have the early stages of gum disease.
- If your gums are red rather than pink, this could mean infection-causing bacteria are present. This too could be a sign of early-stage gum disease, or gingivitis. At this point, the disease can be treated—and even reversed. If left untreated, however, the disease will continue to progress. Puffy-looking gums are another warning that infection is taking hold in your mouth.
- Do your teeth look longer than normal? Your teeth are not growing, but your gums may be receding. This is not because of aging, as some people believe, but a sign of a more advanced stage of periodontal disease.
- If your teeth have started to become loose, gum disease is in its advanced stage, called periodontitis. You are at a high risk for tooth loss at this point.
- Have you noticed that your breath is bad, regardless of how many times you brush your teeth or rinse with mouthwash? This is another indicator of advanced gum disease.
Call Your West Chester OH Dentist Today
Regardless of what stage of periodontal disease you might be experiencing, gum disease treatment at our West Chester practice can help.