Do I Have Gum Disease?

Family Dentistry Naples, FL

If you’ve been looking in the mirror lately to examine your smile, that surprise could be the beginnings of gum disease. Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums that damages their soft tissue and also destroys the bone that anchors your teeth in place. In the most extreme cases, periodontitis can even cause your teeth to loosen or to fall out.

Periodontitis is, sadly, far too common. There is an upside though, because it is also preventable in so many cases. This is because it usually comes about with a lack of poor oral hygiene. In fact, brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once daily and visiting your dentist regularly can improve your chances of successful treatment and recovery. Doing these things consistently can greatly reduce your chance of developing this horrible infection in the first place. If you are worried you may have gum disease, keep reading to learn how to identify it.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Healthy gums are firm, pale pink, and “hug” the teeth.

Signs and symptoms of periodontitis may include:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Receding gums that make teeth look taller
  • New spaces occurring between your teeth
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pus developing between your teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bright red gums
  • Gums that feel tender
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain while eating

Unfortunately, if you do not treat your teeth or ignore the problem, this gum inflammation can cause periodontitis, or serious gum disease. Holes develop between your gums and teeth that fill with plaque, tartar and bacteria. They become deeper and fill with more bacteria as time goes on. If not treated, these deep infections cause a loss of tissue and bone, and ultimately you may lose one or more teeth. To add insult to injury, ongoing chronic inflammation can put a strain on your immune system as a whole.

 The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more bad bacteria can do. Tartar can’t be removed by brushing and flossing, which is why seeing your dentist regularly is so important.

If you are worried about gum disease, let us help you. Give us a call today at (239) 597-7333 to schedule a consultation in our Naples, Florida office.

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