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IDENTIFYING EARLY SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE

added on: April 16, 2014

Gum disease can have a profound impact on the appearance, comfort, and health of your smile. When left untreated it can also increase risks for heart attack, stroke, and respiratory issues, as well as complications with diabetes and pregnancy.

Of course, preventing gum disease with a consistent at-home oral care routine and regular general dentistry visits to our St. Joseph office is ideal. But knowing early symptoms of gum disease is the next best way to help prevent this oral health issue from causing serious dental and systemic problems.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Most often, gingivitis can be identified by gums that bleed when brushing or eating crunchy foods. It is also common for gums to appear red or swollen when gingivitis is present.

At this stage, gum disease can often be treated with a professional cleaning and increased at-home care. Prescription mouthwash may also be used to help reduce bacteria and infection.

Advanced symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Receding gums
  • Gums that pull away from teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Chronic bad taste in the mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Left untreated these symptoms may progress to tooth loss, bone necrosis, and serious systemic problems.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Modern Dentistry Associates today. Dr. Ericson provides general dentistry services such as periodontal treatment for people living in St. Joseph and surrounding areas of Michigan.

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