You have likely seen warnings in magazines and on TV, about the prevalence of gum disease in America and how it can lead to tooth loss and other dental problems. But do you know what to watch for, to determine if you could be suffering from it? Many people struggle with gum disease for months or even years, without diagnosis and therefore without treatment. Fortunately, knowing the symptoms of gum disease and seeing your dentist regularly for preventive care can help to keep your smile healthy!
If you said yes, that is a good sign, since healthy gum tissue should be light in color, with a pink tone. Deep red or purple gums are often indication of some degree of gum disease.
If you said yes to this question, it’s time to see the dentist, since receding gums are a clear sign of gingivitis or more advanced gum disease.
Recession of the gum tissue is actually a moderately advanced side effect of gum disease, so it’s important that you schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible, to prevent worsening of the condition, and even tooth loss.
If you responded “yes,” to this question, that is another warning sign of an oral health problem, like gum disease. While many people are tempted to overlook bad breath, if it is persistent, no matter how often you brush and floss your teeth, it could likely be indication that you are suffering from some kind of dental problem, whether it be gum disease, a cavity or an infected tooth.
Periodontal treatment can help address and often reverse the signs of gingivitis. You can schedule a periodontal checkup and cleaning with Scott Dooley, DDS by contacting us today at 972-495-8100.