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Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Posted on: Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Many people are unaware of the problems that can result from gum disease until they hear from their dentist that they need treatment for it! What’s important to know is that if you can recognize the early signs of gum disease, you can prevent more serious problems from ever developing.

Gum disease has two stages – gingivitis and periodontitis. The technical name for your gums is gingiva. So the word gingivitis refers to inflammation in the gums. Signs that you are suffering from gingivitis include bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth and sore or puffy areas in your gums. These are indications that bacteria is being allowed to remain on your teeth too long because of not brushing and flossing thoroughly enough or not having your teeth cleaned on a proper schedule.

Essentially, gingivitis is the early warning condition that a more severe condition will follow if your hygiene is not improved. If you see bleeding when you brush or floss or some areas of your gums are sore, call us and let us get you scheduled for treatment to keep things from getting worse. We will thoroughly clean your teeth and let you know if you need a deep cleaning under the gum to make everything tip top.

When the infection deepens, the resulting condition is referred to as periodontitis. This word refers to inflammation all around the teeth, not just in the gums. This is when the gums begin to separate from the teeth, forming pockets in which bacteria can thrive. When periodontitis exists, the inflammation begins to damage the bones supporting the teeth. The connective tissue that normally keeps teeth secure also begins to break down.

Signs that you have periodontitis include:
• Red, puffy gums
• Pain when chewing or biting
• Loose teeth
• Sensitive teeth
• Receding gums
• Persistent bad breath

If you see these signs, it’s even more vital that you contact us right away! We will work with you to reverse this condition and get you back on the road to good oral health.

A person with periodontitis who does not correct the condition is likely to lose their teeth.
Just remember – if the progression of gum disease is halted at gingivitis, then the damage will be minimal. Deep infections will not develop, bone mass will not be lost, teeth will not get loose.

Prevention is much simpler than treatment, so please take our advice and brush thoroughly twice a day with a soft brush, floss daily and see us every six months for preventative dental care. If you have any questions about gum disease or think you might have this problem, please call our office right away.

 


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Dr. Wright is living proof that it is never too late to pursue your dreams. After becoming a certified dental assistant in 1973, then working as an oral surgery tech for 23 years, Dr. Wright went back to school to become a dentist. She attended Indiana University and received her Doctorate of Dentistry. She loves the opportunity to meet and help new people.

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