Periodontal disease that affects the gums is a serious dental condition. This type of infection damages the soft tissues that help hold your teeth in their proper place. Periodontitis is reversible in its early stages. But if the disease progresses to a higher stage, it can eat away the bone supporting your teeth. This leads to loose teeth and, in worse cases, tooth loss.
Treatment for periodontal disease is available at Tucson Dental Implant Specialists. If you have developed gum infection, Dr. Cole and Dr. Sharp can guide you on the next best step to take.
How Do I Know If I Have Periodontal Disease?
Healthy gums have a firm and smooth texture and are pale pink in color. In addition to that, they fit perfectly around your teeth. Early warning signs of periodontal disease affected gums include:
- Puffy or swollen gums
- Gums that are slightly purple, dusky, or bright red in color
- Gums that are sensitive to touch
- Frequent bleeding from the gums
- You spit out blood whenever you floss or brush
- Bad smell coming from the mouth
- Pus sockets appear between your gums and teeth
- Wiggly teeth
- Dull or sharp tooth pain when chewing
- New spaces opening up between your teeth
- Pink-bristled toothbrush every time your brush your teeth
- Teeth suddenly looking longer than before (due to receding gums)
- Teeth fit differently together when you close your mouth]]] ]]]
Other Signs to Watch Out For
In many cases, the development of periodontal diseases starts with plaque. Therefore, if tiny black spots are forming on your teeth, you must not ignore it. Plaque can harden over time and turn into tartar. Brushing or flossing cannot remove tartar from your teeth. Only professional dental cleaning techniques can help you get rid of it.
Can Periodontal Disease Be Cured?
Periodontal diseases are becoming increasingly common among adults. But the good news is that they are largely preventable. Brushing and flossing properly, routine dental checkups, and maintaining good oral hygiene, in general, can significantly lower your risk of developing periodontal disease.
If you suspect you have gum infection or are looking for periodontal disease treatment, come visit Tucson Dental Implant Specialists. Call 520-322-9300 for more information.