Don’t Ignore the Signs of Gum Disease
- posted: Mar. 10, 2017
Don’t let gum disease happen to you. Know what signs to be on the lookout for.
Just because countless Americans suffer from gum disease doesn’t mean you have to be one of them. Through maintaining good oral health you can protect yourself from cavities and gum disease. Unfortunately, when oral routines fall flat dental problems set in. From the office of our Ellijay, GA, family dentists Dr. David Settel, Dr. Cindy Hall, Dr. Ron Reid and Dr. Wesley Burke find out what you should be looking for when it comes to gum disease symptoms.
Are you dealing with any of these issues?
- Gums that are red or tender
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Receding gums (which make teeth appear longer)
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
If you notice any of these symptoms then it’s time to schedule an immediate appointment with our Ellijay, GA, dentists. Leaving this issue untreated can only lead to more serious complications like bone and tooth loss.
Of course, in many cases, people don’t even know that they have gum disease. The only way they find out is by coming in for their routine dental cleaning. This is why preventive care is so very important. Many times gum disease will sneak up without warning, but our Ellijay dental specialists are trained to see the earliest warning signs of periodontal disease. If caught soon enough the problem may even be reversed (this stage is known as gingivitis).
If you don’t come in for regular exams, then gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, in which the gums and bones begin to recede from your teeth. This leads to large infected pockets within the gums. These bacteria will only continue to spread and get worse. As these pockets get larger teeth may become loose or fall out.
Fortunately, gum disease symptoms can be managed with the right treatment. Root scaling and planing is the most common nonsurgical option and can treat mild to moderate cases. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair bone loss and even replace missing teeth. We would be happy to discuss the variety of gum disease treatment options available to you.
The moment you notice any changes to the health of your teeth and gums it’s a good idea to get the problem addressed quickly. Turn to the fast and efficient dental experts at East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Ellijay, GA. Schedule an appointment today!
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