Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease,more commonly known as gum disease, can affect anyone at any time. It is generally slow to develop, and does not cause any pain or discomfort in the early stages. You may not even know you have it until it has significantly advanced.

 

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is initially caused by a build-up of plaque at the gumline that goes unchecked for a period of time. This buildup of plaque turns into gingivitis (gum inflammation) and then gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis progresses further, becoming periodontal disease. Gum disease, at the end stage, causes the tissue and the bone supporting your teeth to break down eventually resulting in tooth loss and potentially other oral and dental complications.

How do you know if you have gum disease?

Gum disease is hard for individuals to detect on their own(especially in the early stages). Your dentist will check the health of your gums during every routine visit and will use medically proven techniques to look for signs of inflammation, infection and other indicators of early-stage gum disease. The team at Pasadena Dental Surgery is equipped with the tools and training to detect early signs of gum disease and are able to offer preventative measures and treatments.

Common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
  • Constant bad taste in the mouth or bad breath
  • Puffy, swollen, or tender gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Shifting teeth
  • Change in gum colour
  • Change in your bite

Gum Disease Treatment from our Friendly and Compassionate Team

If you have any of these symptoms, see your dentist immediately. Gum disease is preventable and treatable but is best addressed during the early stages. The team at Pasadena Dental is ready to help. Give us a call or drop by today.