Periodontal disease affects more than half of Americans over the age of thirty-five, but most of them are unaware they have anything wrong with their gums. Early signs of periodontal disease are easy to miss, but missing this chronic, progressive infection can have disastrous consequences for your smile. Although periodontal disease often starts as simple gum inflammation, it can end with widespread tooth and bone loss.
Our Los Angeles periodontics expert will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease at each checkup, but recognizing the signs at home is just as important and can help you get treatment sooner, before the condition has a chance to progress. Symptoms can include redness, inflamed gums, swelling, pain, tenderness, bleeding gums, bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth. As the condition progresses, teeth may shift, gaps can develop, and you may notice a difference in the way your teeth fit together. The gums may look as though they are pulling away from teeth. Your teeth may look longer, or the roots may be visible. You may have heavy plaque or tartar buildup, and pus might be visible at the gum line.
These are serious symptoms that need to be addressed as soon as possible. A deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line and creates a healthier oral environment will typically be needed. If the infection has progressed, you might also need surgery. Call our office today to learn more about periodontal disease symptoms or to schedule an appointment with our team.