Posts for: September, 2016
Prompt treatment of gum disease is essential in preventing tooth loss. Do you know the symptoms of gum disease? Dr. Laurie Mulka, your Redford, MI family dentist, shares a few signs that may indicate that you have the disease.
Gum disease symptoms
Gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, is also the easiest to treat. Since the symptoms can be mild, you may not even know you have the condition until your dentist tells you. Common gingivitis symptoms include red, irritated or puffy gums. Your gums may also bleed easily when you brush or floss.
If your condition doesn't improve, the problem can turn into periodontitis, the more serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis occurs when a build up of tartar at your gum line causes your gums to begin to pull away from your teeth and form deep pockets. When these pockets become filled with bacteria, you may develop these symptoms:
- Bad breath: No matter how often your brush or use mouth rinse, bad breath can persist if you have gum disease.
- Pain when chewing: Mealtime can become very painful when your games are inflamed or infected.
- Tooth sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity may occur when your roots are exposed. You may notice pain when you eat or drink hot or cold beverages or when your mouth is exposed to air.
- Receding gums: Before pockets form, your gums will begin to recede.
- Loose teeth: As you can image, loose teeth are a bad sign. If you notice that one or more of your teeth are loose, call your dentist as soon as possible.
How did I get gum disease?
Gum disease is often caused by poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush or floss regularly, the plaque on your teeth turns into tartar, which can only be removed by special dental tools. Visiting your dentist every six months is an excellent way to reduce tartar buildup and reduce your gum disease risk. You may more likely to develop the disease if you have a family history of it, have HIV/AIDS, take certain medications or smoke. Hormonal changes during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can also increase your risk.
How can my Redford dentist help?
Gingivitis usually improves with a thorough dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene. If you have periodontitis, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning to remove tartar below your gums. In some cases, you may need surgery to close your pockets or bone or tissue grafts.
Don't let gum disease ruin your smile. Call Dr. Mulka, your Redford, MI family dentist, at (313) 937-1520 to schedule an appointment.