The Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal (Gum) Disease begins when the bacteria in the plaque around your teeth produce toxins (or poisons) that irritate the gums, causing infection. These toxins can lead to destruction of the tissue and bone around the teeth. When this happens, the gums separate from the teeth to form a pocket - called a periodontal pocket. As more tissue and bone are destroyed, the pockets get bigger and the teeth may loosen.
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Warning Signs Of Gum Disease
The following signs may give a clue to having gum disease. If you suffer from any of them call your dentist right away.
- Bleeding from your gums when you brush
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bad breath or bad taste
- Loose teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Pus in-between your teeth and gums when you press down on the gums
- A change in the way your teeth ﬁt together when you bite
- Any changes in the ﬁt of partial dentures
It is possible not to have these warning signs and still have gum disease. Also, most people do not feel pain with the disease. This is why regular checkups are so important.
Risk Factors For Periodontal Disease
Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
Follow these great tips at home to practice correct oral hygiene!
- Brush your teeth 2 times a day with ﬂuoride toothpaste.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and replace it every 3 or 4 months.
- Use dental ﬂoss or other cleaners to clean between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- See your dental professional regularly