What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Many individuals are struggling with symptoms of gum disease, and they don’t even know it. Our team at Hermosa Dental strives to provide accurate information to our patients so as to improve their smiles and keep them healthy. For more information regarding gum disease and the common symptoms that follow it, continue reading on.

Gum disease is known as a silent disease that slowly takes root. Many people do not even realize they have it until they have a thorough dental exam from their dentist. There are two main forms of gum infections: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. If left untreated and with no attention, both these illnesses can lead to severe damage and tooth loss. Let’s focus in on each of these forms of gum disease.

  • Gingivitis. This mild form of gum disease is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. Symptoms can include swelling of the gums and bleeding brought on by flossing and brushing. It is important to get immediate attention from your dentist if you notice any bleeding; bleeding in the gums is not normal. Other causes of gingivitis include certain medications, age, stress, poor diet, and smoking.
  • Periodontitis. This is caused by untreated gingivitis. The gums will begin to pull away from the teeth and allow for pockets of bacteria to begin. The bacteria will lead to the break down of the bones and soft tissues. Ultimately, it can lead to loose teeth that begin to fall out or require an extraction. Periodontitis can lead to other very severe issues such as heart disease, respiratory diseases, and diabetes.

How can I prevent gum disease in my smile?

Scheduling regular dental exams at your local dentist is the best way to prevent gum disease. They also provide early detection which can easily stop gum disease in its tracks. Talk to your dentist about the most effective way to brush and floss your teeth in order to eliminate harmful bacterias and food debris. Call our Hermosa Dental clinic today for more information!

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