What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

If you begin to experience symptoms of an oral health problem that involves your gums, it’s a good idea to visit a periodontist serving Middletown or Walden. The most common cause of gum problems is periodontal disease, which can become quite severe when left untreated. You may have periodontal disease if you have noticed any of the following symptoms.

Gums Are Red, Swollen, Tender, or Bleed Easily
Because periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, early symptoms are typically inflammation and irritation. Gums may bleed when you brush your teeth or floss, or they may appear red or purplish. Brushing and flossing may cause some discomfort due to gum tenderness. You may also experience a malodorous breath and have a bad taste in your mouth, no matter how often you Periodontist serving Middletown brush or rinse with mouthwash.

Gums Recede from the Teeth
When periodontal disease progresses beyond the first stage—called gingivitis—damage to the soft tissues begins. You may notice that your teeth appear longer than before. This is usually due to the gums pulling away, or receding, from the teeth in response to the infection. Pockets form and deepen between the gums and teeth, giving food and bacteria more spaces to hide and do damage; pus may even be present in these pockets. You may notice increased tooth sensitivity as well, as more of each tooth’s root becomes exposed.

Teeth Become Loose or Shift in Position
If you do not seek treatment from your dentist or periodontist in the early stages of periodontal disease, its progression can lead to loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. As the infection erodes away the soft and connective tissues in the gums, there will be less and less left to hold the teeth in place. This can cause the teeth to develop gaps between them, or shift out of place completely and cause a maligned bite.

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