Prevent Periodontal Disease by Recognizing Gum Disease Symptoms

You may develop gum disease if you neglect your oral health or if you have a family history of periodontal disease. We encourage all patients to recognize the following common symptoms of gum disease so that we can take steps to eradicate an infection in the mouth and preserve your oral health. Neglecting to proceed with treatment can cause significant gum and tooth damage, and may even lead to tooth loss.

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Bad Breath

You may develop bad breath if you have an infection in the mouth, eat certain foods regularly or if you have a chronic illness. Practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day can prevent bad breath. We also encourage patients to stop using tobacco products. Persistent bad breath may indicative of a progressing infection.

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Gum Recession

Your gums may start to pull away from the teeth when you have an infection such as gum disease. Gum recession may also occur when you grind and clench your teeth regularly, or if you have crooked teeth. You can prevent gum recession by getting treatment for gum disease, eating a healthy diet and practicing good oral hygiene.

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Loose Teeth

If you notice your teeth are becoming loose or are starting to shift, you may have an underlying infection that is destroying your gum tissue and bone. Gum disease can wear down the gum and bone tissue to the point that they can no longer support the teeth. Once the teeth become loose, they are at risk of falling out or having to be extracted.

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Bleeding Gums

When your gums bleed readily when you brush or floss your teeth, or after you eat certain foods, you may have infected gums. Bleeding gums are one of the signs of gum disease and need to be taken seriously. If your gums are sore, inflamed or very sensitive, this can also be a red flag that there is an active infection in your mouth.