“Bleeding gums is the most common symptom of periodontal disease.”

 dental-gum-diseaseDo you have gum disease symptoms? Don’t wait…or it could be too late

Affecting all ages, gum disease is silent, sneaking up on you while slowly damaging your gums, teeth and the bone in your jaw. Many people are unaware gum disease is present until it has reached an advanced stage.

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Know the symptoms of gum disease

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums, the most common symptom, signals a disease is present. Some patients experience bleeding when eating certain foods, others have bleeding when brushing or flossing. Your gums should not bleed when eating or during routine dental care such as brushing. If you notice bleeding, schedule a visit to Santa Monica dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf right away. Avoiding extensive damage to your gums depends on how quickly you seek prompt dental treatment.

Loose or shifting teeth

Loose teeth signals possible bone loss and tissue loss that is a symptom you may have advanced periodontal disease. Your adult teeth should feel solid and firmly placed along your gum line. The same rules apply to shifting teeth. Teeth should not shift after your adult teeth have grown in. Shifting teeth is a symptom of bone loss and advanced gum disease.

Red or swollen gums

Healthy gums cause no pain; they are not red or swollen. Swollen gums may be infected or signal an underlying tooth infection that needs attention right away. Infection in your teeth or gums can travel through your blood system and affect other areas of your body.

Receding gums

dental-periodontal-diseaseNo, your teeth are not growing longer! Receding gum lines make them appear that way. If gum disease is left untreated, eventually, your gum lines may recede far enough to expose the roots causing serious pain. At this point, your options for repairing the damage may be limited.

Take control of gum disease

Your oral health depends on you, gum disease will not resolve without proper dental treatment. Avoid costly, painful repairs and dental bills by addressing gum issues with the staff at Brightleaf Dental.

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