Gum disease is a common dental health problem that will affect most of us at some point in our lives. From gingivitis to periodontitis, gum disease is a progressive condition when left untreated. It is important to recognize the early signs of developing gum disease and to seek prompt treatment. This can help you to avoid permanent damage to the teeth and gums.
Often called a “silent” dental health concern, gum disease can progress unnoticed if you are not visiting the dentist on a regular basis for dental exams and cleanings. Most people will only notice the effects of gum disease when it is in an advanced stage. Dr. Neuhaus and our dental care team emphasize the importance of gum health and screen for the early signs of infection at routine dental care visits. Regular dental care visits play a key role in the prevention of gum disease, tooth decay, and other common dental problems that can affect the health and appearance of your smile.
What are the signs of gum disease?
There are several common signs that gum disease is developing. We look for these and other telltale symptoms, but you can also notice these when brushing and flossing daily.
- Red to swollen gums: if you notice that your gums are looking redder in certain areas or appear “puffy” in spots, this is typically a sign that an infection is growing.
- Bleeding gums: although there is a range of reasons that your gums may be bleeding, continuously noticing blood when performing daily hygiene should be addressed by our dental care team.
- Changes in your bite: while it is often difficult to see changes in the appearance of your smile if your bite seems to be changing there may be pockets forming around tooth roots as a result of gum disease. These can allow for the shifting of teeth over time.
- Persistent bad breath: halitosis is another symptom that can have several causes, but we should examine for the signs of gum disease if you are experiencing persistent bad breath.
Dr. Neuhaus offers comprehensive dental care and treatment for all stages of gum disease. He works with patients who are experiencing the effects of poor oral health and periodontitis to restore health to their smiles. If you have concerns about your gum health, we welcome you to schedule a visit in our Amherst dentist office. A healthy smile is an important part of enjoying your best quality of life!