4 Ways You Can Tell If You’re a Victim of Periodontal Disease

Posted by: Spectrum Dental, on November 25, 2013

Oral Health Practices

Sneak a peek at your spouse’s mouth before checking out your own in the mirror. Can you tell which one of you has periodontal disease? Unfortunately, one out of every two Americans over age 30 has gum disease so chances are good that one of you has it. But, we’re guessing it’s your spouse, rather than you—you take good care of your teeth, right?

By the way, sneaking a peak at someone’s mouth isn’t always enough to tell whether someone has gum disease. So, Spectrum Dental presents some of the signs of gum disease.

Persistent Bad Breath

A main source of chronic gum odor is periodontal disease. So, if practicing good oral hygiene does not seem to address your bad breath, gum disease is a possible culprit.

Receding Gums

Teeth may look elongated due to gum recession. And, although there are several causes of gum recession, periodontal disease is the main one.

Red, Swollen, or Tender Gums

Inadequate oral care leads to a buildup of bacteria in your mouth, which eventually becomes plaque, followed by tartar. This tartar buildup then leads to swollen and inflamed gums, an early sign of periodontal disease.

Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing, or Eating

As a result of inflammation, gums may bleed during brushing, flossing, or when eating hard foods. Again, this is an indicator of possible periodontal disease.

If these symptoms bring to mind your mouth (or your spouse’s), it’s important to come in to see Dr. Laurell or Dr. Purcell for an evaluation. Treatment for periodontal disease involves multiple appointments using procedures like scaling (scraping off tartar above and below the gum line) and root planing (removal of spots on the tooth root where germs gather). Additionally, you’ll be given home care instructions which might include taking medication.  And as always, you’ll need to take good care of your mouth at home. So, if you or your spouse suffer from periodontal disease, contact Spectrum Dental. You’ll both be grateful once the offender’s mouth is treated!

Categories: Oral Health