Periodontal disease—an infection of the gums—can be a severe problem if left untreated, causing a number of issues ranging from gum recession to an increased risk of heart disease. Fortunately, regular dental checkups may reveal the disease early so you can take the necessary steps to protect your gums. However, the experts at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry encourage patients to be aware of their oral health and look for signs of gum disease. If you notice any of the following red flags, our Boston-area dental care team recommends seeing your dentist as soon as possible.
Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore
Occasional bad breath, or halitosis, can be related to something you’ve eaten. However, if the problem is persistent, the odor may be a result of excessive oral bacteria or infection in the gums.
2. Your Gums
As oral bacteria infect gum tissue, they start to change the way it looks. Often, red or swollen gums are a sign of gingivitis—the first stage of periodontal disease. In more advanced cases, inflammation may cause the gum tissue to bleed. Over time, tissue will wear away, causing gum recession.
If gingivitis is not treated in time, it can progress into periodontitis. When your mouth tries to fight off the infection, dead cells will cause a pustule to form along the gum line. This growth resembles a pimple and may secret a yellow-white discharge.
4. Tooth Sensitivity
As gum recession progresses, the roots of teeth may be left exposed. Without proper protection, dental nerves will be easily irritated by various actions, such as eating sweets or consuming hot and cold beverages.
5. Misaligned Smile
When gum disease is advanced, the gum tissue deteriorates and loses its ability to hold teeth in place. This gum recession will cause teeth to shift out of alignment. In severe cases, teeth eventually fall out.
While a gum disease diagnosis is alarming, it can be reversed if caught in its early stages. Whatever symptoms you’re concerned about, Dr. Steven D. Spitz of Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry offers expert treatment to stop infections and protect your oral health. From deep cleaning to the revolutionary Pinhole Surgical Technique, a non-invasive gum recession therapy, our team will deliver comfortable care every step of the way. To learn more about how we can help, check out our services online or call (617) 277-4100 to schedule an appointment at our Brookline, MA, office. For our South Shore location in Pembroke, MA, call (781) 826-7577.