How to Determine if You May Have Gum Disease
Millions of people deal with gum disease every year. In fact, it’s the most common cause of tooth loss for adults. That said, it’s common for people to not even realize they have gum disease until they experience a loose tooth or have significant pain. Why? Because there often aren’t noticeable signs of gum disease in the early stage.
That said, the sooner gum disease is diagnosed, the more easily it can be treated. Consider how it beings: When bacteria gather between your teeth and along your gums. That bacteria starts out small but multiples, lets out toxins, and then your gums pull away from your teeth. This leaves larger portions of your teeth exposed and allows the bacteria to get under your gum line. Once it’s gotten to the root of your tooth, brushing and flossing won’t be enough to deal with it.
Once it’s advanced, gum disease can result in the need for a root canal. It may also result in lost teeth. The good news is that there are things you can look out for to try and avoid gum disease. Of course, the best option is to visit your California dentist on a regular basis. Read on to learn more about how to look out for it at home and then reach out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161.
Signs that you may need to see a periodontist
A periodontist is a person who specializes in gum disease. They know exactly what to look for and how to treat it. That said, you typically don’t see them without first talking to your dentist. A savvy dentist will encourage you to go to this specialist if you’re dealing with a specific combination of the following issues:
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing.
- Red, swollen gums.
- Bad breath.
- A sour taste in your mouth.
- Your gums have receded or otherwise moved out of their natural alignment.
- Loos teeth.
- Large pockets between your teeth and your gums.
- Changes in your bite pattern.
- Your mouth feels different when you’re biting and / or chewing.
- It’s painful to eat.
- Your tooth becomes sensitive to changes in temperature.
- If people in your family have gum disease.
- You’re a current smoker or a former smoker.
- You have diabetes.
Don’t panic if you have one or more of the above symptoms. Remember that it isn’t necessary a definite sign that you have gum disease – it’s simply a sign that you should speak to your dentist.
Call today for a thorough evaluation
If you’re worried about the state of your oral health then we encourage you to call California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161. We are here to provide a thorough exam, cleaning, and diagnostic session. We may be able to provide in-house assistance and treat you ourselves. In the instance of advance gum disease, we may refer you to someone who specializes in what you’re dealing with. Either way, your first step is to call us for an appointment.