Signs That You May Have Periodontal Disease

How your dentist in Raleigh, NC, can help your smile

Did you know that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss as you get older? Truthfully, periodontal disease is a sneaky condition that can begin with only small, barely noticeable symptoms such as puffy gums and slight discoloration. The good news is, your dentist can help to both discover and treat periodontal disease. Here at our dental office in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Ashley LLoyd offers a wide range of dental services, including treatment for gum and periodontal disease—read on to learn if you should schedule an appointment to see her.

Do you have periodontal disease?

Before you fully have this condition, you will show the signs of its earliest stage, gingivits. These symptoms include:

  • Slight bleeding when you brush and floss
  • Gums that are red and irritated
  • Puffy, swollen gum tissue
  • Slight gum pain when you brush, floss, or eat
  • Bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth

Fortunately, if you are experiencing the signs listed above, you can take action and reverse gum disease before it gets worse by calling your dentist. After all, if your gingivitis goes untreated, it can develop into full-blown periodontal disease, a condition that will cause:

  • Your gums to recede from your teeth
  • Tooth root exposure
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Your bite feels different
  • Spaces and gaps to develop between teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Foul breath

If you think you might have periodontal disease, it’s important to seek out treatment right away. Your dentist will do a comprehensive dental examination, including an x-ray screening, to determine your level of disease and the appropriate course of treatment.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Don’t lose your teeth to periodontal disease—call Dr. Ashley LLoyd in Raleigh, NC, to preserve your oral health. Dial (919) 828-1001 today to set up an appointment.

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