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Periodontal Disease Warning Signs

Brunette woman with periodontal disease covers her mouth in embarrassment

Gums are literally the foundation for healthy teeth so you definitely want to make sure to keep yours in great condition. When left uncared for, bacteria will irritate and infect your gums, leading to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a serious concern that can eventually lead to tooth loss, loss of your jawbone density, and other health concerns if not addressed with improved oral hygiene and professional treatment. To prevent the condition, or to catch it early enough that you can reverse it easily, keep an eye out for these warning signs:

  1. Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums
  2. If your gums are healthy, then they should be a nice pink color. If you see that yours are red, then that could be a sign of gum disease. When looking at your gums, you should also check if they look swollen or feel a little tender. Then, when you’re brushing or flossing your teeth, check if there’s any blood. All of these are due to inflammation and irritation that indicate early-stage gum disease.

  3. Receding Gums
  4. When you have gum disease, your gums begin loosening from around your teeth due to the buildup of plaque and tartar. You can visually see this by checking if you have receding gums, which causes your teeth to look longer. Gum recession can also cause tooth sensitivity as your tooth roots become exposed.

  5. Bad Breath
  6. Sure, certain foods can leave a foul smell or taste in your mouth, but the problem is when that odor is always there, regardless of what you eat. Gum disease is caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque, which are known to produce some not-so-pleasant aromas.

Improve Your Gum Health at Smiles Dental!

Have you started to notice some warning signs of periodontal disease? Don’t wait to take care of your gum health. At Smiles Dental, we provide periodontal disease treatment and would be thrilled to help you get your oral health back on track. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our Washington or Oregon locations.

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