Symptoms of Gum Disease - Dr. Colin Richman

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Symptoms of Gum Disease

January 19, 2012

The symptoms of gum disease can be tough to detect without the help of an experienced periodontist. Also referred to as periodontal (gum) disease, gum disease destroys gums, bone, and related structures that support the teeth.

If you suspect that you are affected by gum disease, you may notice tender or swollen gums. Bleeding during brushing or flossing may also indicate the presence of inflammation and disease. With the progression of gum disease, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth and the sensitive root surfaces are exposed. Below the gumline, bone loss can occur. Unfortunately, bone loss often occurs with little or no pain. During this process, periodontal (gum) patients may be unaware of the damage being caused by the disease.

Your periodontist has the expertise to identify periodontal (gum) disease and provide the necessary treatment. With the use of x-rays and a periodontal (gum) probe, the degree of your gum disease can be determined.

Your periodontist has the expertise to identify periodontal (gum) disease and provide the necessary treatment.

Following the diagnosis, periodontal (gum) therapy is recommended. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone. Bacteria are found in plaque above and below the gum line, causing chronic inflammation. Your periodontist may recommend a specialized cleaning, called scaling and root planing, medicated mouth rinses, and antibiotics to eliminate the infection.

The symptoms of advanced gum disease are not reversible. Many patients who suffer from uncontrolled gum disease are also confronted with tooth loss. Other patients are faced with the discomfort of receding gums. Common symptoms of gum recession include sensitivity to cold foods and beverages and an increased risk of tooth decay on the exposed root surfaces.

Fighting gum disease is not a battle that you should face alone. Working together with your periodontist is the best way to prevent gum disease from progressing. Your periodontist will advise you to practice proper home care habits such as brushing after meals, flossing daily, and scheduling routine dental examinations.

For your professional evaluation for the symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Colin Richman, your periodontist serving Roswell, today.

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