Common Signs of Gum Disease
While to some the loss of teeth is associated with aging, it is actually possible for the teeth to last a lifetime. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to avoid developing periodontal disease. It is caused by harmful bacteria that attacks the tissue around the teeth and gums. Unfortunately, many individuals don’t even know they have it as the signs of the disease are not as apparent to you then they are a dental professional. Therefore, scheduling an appointment with your Raleigh, NC, dentist, Dr. Ashley Lloyd, is so important.
Signs of Gum Disease
If one doesn’t maintain a regular oral hygiene routine, they will develop the early sign of the disease, gingivitis. If it is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, which is responsible for bone loss around the teeth. After this bone tissue is lost, the gums detach from the teeth and form pocket that provide a great area for bacteria to live. As this disease progresses, it can lead to more bone loss and in the end, tooth loss. The good news, however, is that this can be controlled with professional dental care your Raleigh dentist Dr. Lloyd.
Understanding the symptoms of periodontal disease is important. Some of the most common ones are:
- Bad breath (due to plaque left in places that is hard to remove)
- Redness or swelling of the gums
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
Treatment for gum disease includes removal of plaque and scaling or root planing. Ultimately, the type of treatment used will depend on the severity and/or stage of your gum disease and your existing tooth and gum structure.
In order to schedule this important dental appointment with your Raleigh, NC, dentist, Dr. Lloyd, call her dental team today at (919) 828-1001.