Are You Missing These Signs of Gum Disease?
- Posted on: Nov 15 2017
Gum disease is an enormous problem in our country and across the globe. With millions of people affected, approximately 80% of the global population, you would think that we would have the necessary skills to eradicate this problem. The truth is, we do have a great deal of skill compared to what has known just 100 years ago. Perhaps the bigger obstacle that needs to be overcome to stop gum disease in its tracks is the very matter of awareness.
It isn’t enough to just know that gum disease exists. To be aware of gum disease is to know how to recognize the signs that a problem is brewing at the margin of the gums. Only then are we empowered to protect our oral health.
Do you notice the signs?
- Longer teeth, due to receding gums.
- Cold-sensitivity, also due to receding gums.
- Chronic bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
- Redness or swelling of the gums.
- Bleeding when you floss.
- Space in between teeth seems to be expanding.
The Future of Your Smile is up to You
There is a very serious nature to gum disease, which is why we discuss this topic so frequently, and why we carefully observe the gums during every dental checkup, we perform in our Glen Dale practice. Gum disease develops in stages. The symptoms mentioned here are the earliest indicators that inflammation is occurring in the soft tissue around teeth. The more this inflammation continues, the greater the extent of damage caused by oral bacteria and their acidic byproduct. Inflammation leads to infection, and infection leads to deterioration not only of gum tissue but also of bone. This is why one of the ultimate consequences of gum disease is tooth loss.
Ideally, you won’t have to wait until gum disease is an obvious problem to obtain professional care. If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup and cleaning, we urge you to contact us to get an appointment on the books. This initial step facilitates early detection of inflammation and appropriate treatment to reverse damage as much as possible.
The team at Wylie Dental Care is committed to your comfort and lifetime of oral health. For personal assistance with dental care, call 304-845-2480.
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