Do I Have Gum Disease?
Periodontitis, also known as periodontal or “gum” disease, is an infection that affects the soft tissues and bone that surround your teeth.
Left untreated, this gum infection can lead to tooth mobility or loss. Its presence also impacts the severity of underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, pneumonia, etc.
But how do you know whether or not you have a periodontal infection?
Watch for signs like:
Bleeding gums: It’s not normal or healthy to bleed when you brush and floss. Bleeding when you clean along the gumlines or between teeth is a red flag.
Gum recession: Do your teeth look longer than they used to? It could be due to bacterial deposits under the gums, causing them to detach from the teeth.
Bad breath: As embarrassing as it may be to talk about, halitosis is one of the top symptoms of periodontitis.
Wide spaces between teeth: Whether you feel like you’re trapping food in these areas at each meal, or you can now “see through” the areas between your teeth, this is indicative of attachment loss.
What Can be Done to Help?
Good oral hygiene will reverse common gingivitis symptoms within about two weeks. If yours does not improve with rigorous brushing and flossing, you could have an active periodontal infection that needs professional treatment.
At Wyndham Dental, our dentists may recommend a series of deep cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacterial deposits along the roots of your affected teeth. Antibiotics or special mouthwash may also be prescribed.
We recommend a periodontal screening at each checkup. The earlier we are able to diagnose symptoms of gum loss, the more effective the treatment can be at stopping it in its tracks. Call Wyndham Dental today to schedule your next exam with us.