Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is incredibly common among adult Americans. Gum disease is hard to spot in its early stages. It often causes no pain and shows very few visible symptoms. As gum disease worsens, it can cause severe problems to both your oral and overall health. Gum disease can be treated and even reversed, but early treatment is important. So, how do you get around this catch-22 of needing early treatment of something that is hard to detect in the early stages?
Regular Checkups and Cleanings With Your Dentist
Your dentist can spot gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, during a routine checkup or cleaning. Checkups and cleanings should happen at least twice a year, which gives your dentist an opportunity to spot any issues before they develop into something serious.
Notice Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums
If you notice a change in the appearance of your gums, it could be a sign of gum disease. If you notice blood in your spit after brushing your teeth, blood on your gums, or blood on your floss, you should mention it to your dentist. Feel free to schedule a checkup with your dentist when you notice these kinds of changes even if they fall between your routine checkups.
Consistent bad breath or a change in your breath can be a sign of an oral health issue. It can be a sign of tooth decay, gum disease, or infection. If you notice you have consistently bad breath despite not eating garlic, talk to your dentist.
Any Change In Your Gums’ Appearance
As gum disease progresses, it can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. If you notice a change in the appearance of your gums or if you notice pockets along your gumline, these may be signs of advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis.
Catch gum disease early before it wreaks havoc
If you see notice signs of gum disease or have questions, contact Dr. Everett. To schedule a consultation email DrEverett@highplainsperio.com or call 806-686-1262. His office serves the residents of Lubbock and surrounding West Texas communities.