Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a prevalent oral health issue that develops slowly and can go unnoticed in its early stages. Our team at SPA Dental Group in New York City and Washington, DC, knows how to recognize the signs and symptoms during its initial phase and provide treatment to prevent its progression.
Here are some key ways to know if you are in the early stages of gum disease:
1. Gums that bleed easily
A sign of gum disease is bleeding gums, particularly during brushing or flossing. If you notice blood on your toothbrush or in the sink after brushing, it could indicate inflammation and early-stage gum disease.
2. Persistent bad breath
Persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, can result from bacteria accumulating in your mouth due to gum disease. The bacteria release foul-smelling gasses, causing unpleasant breath that doesn't resolve even after regular brushing and using mouthwash.
3. Gum sensitivity and swelling
Tender, swollen, or sensitive gums might indicate gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. The sensitivity could accompany redness and swelling around your gumline.
4. Receding gums
If your teeth appear longer or if you notice a change in your smile due to your gums pulling away from your teeth, it might be an indication of gum recession — a characteristic of advancing gum disease.
5. Changes in tooth alignment
As gum disease progresses, your teeth might start shifting or feel loose. This movement occurs due to the weakening of the supporting structures around your teeth, including your gums and bones.
6. Pockets forming between teeth and gums
Gum disease causes pockets between your teeth and gums that trap food particles and bacteria. These pockets are breeding grounds for further bacterial growth.
7. Changes in bite sensation
As gums recede and teeth loosen due to gum disease, you might notice a change in how your teeth fit together when you bite or chew. This change can be discomforting and affect how you eat.
You need to detect gum disease early to get the effective treatment you need. If you suspect any of these signs, schedule an evaluation with our team.
In the meantime, practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily, and schedule and attend your routine dental checkups. These actions can significantly reduce the risk and progression of gum disease.
Don't ignore the signs your body is showing you — early intervention can prevent gum disease from advancing and causing more significant oral health issues.
Book an appointment with our team today if you show signs of gum disease or simply need a checkup. Call or use the online scheduling tool.