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What are the symptoms of gum disease?

One of the most common dental conditions that impact a patient’s smile is that of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is a condition that impacts 50% of Americans over the age of 30 at some point in their life. This condition, which is an infection, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults and is related to a wide range of conditions such as diabetes, pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and even an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks.

What causes periodontal disease?

There are many reasons why periodontal disease can develop, though the most common is due to poor oral hygiene. Bacteria that enters into the mouth and creates plaque and tartar will lead to the irritation of the gum tissues. This causes red, swollen gums that may bleed when patients brush and floss. If left unattended and untreated, it can worsen and result in the loss of gums, bone, and teeth. This damage will require extensive repair if it occurs, which also creates a large dental bill!

What puts me at risk?

Some patients are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease because of certain factors, including:

  • Poor nutrition
  • High levels of stress
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth)
  • Certain illnesses
  • Hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy)
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic predisposition

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Knowing what to watch for within the smile is the best way to determine if this condition has developed. Patients should look for the following signs, and should contact their dentist as soon as they are noticed:

  • Gum tissues that bleed easily during brushing and flossing
  • Deep pockets between the teeth and gum tissues
  • Tender, swollen, and red gum tissues
  • Pus between the teeth and gum tissues
  • Persistent halitosis or bad taste in the mouth
  • Spaces developing between the teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in bite alignment

Pay close attention to the symptoms of gum disease

Bleeding, red, and swollen gums may be a sign of periodontal disease which requires immediate attention to correctly diagnose and treat. The team at Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center works directly with patients to provide the best possible care, especially when conditions such as this are present. Call our Webster, TX area office at (281) 557-8097 to request an appointment with our staff.

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