September 5, 2017

The CDC estimates that about half of all Americans have some level of periodontitis, or gum disease. Gingivitis typically precedes periodontitis. With gingivitis, plaque builds up in the mouth, and this causes the gums to become inflamed. Typically, there is no irreversible bone or tissue damage with gingivitis. Periodontitis is more serious. As the disease progresses, the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are damaged. Teeth can become loose and fall out. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of periodontitis.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums, during or after brushing your teeth
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that pull away or recede from the teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Red, swollen and/or tender gums
  • Pockets forming between the teeth and gums
  • Changes in your bite or in the fit of partial dentures

Many times, you may not even notice that you have symptoms of gum disease, because it might only affect the molars, which are in the rear of your mouth. It is a good idea to have a periodontist check your oral health each year to prevent problems early.

Although poor oral hygiene is one of the leading causes of periodontitis, there are other reasons a person may develop the disease. Medications and hormones can affect oral health. Illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease can also affect the health of your teeth. Smoking makes it more difficult for gum tissue to repair itself. A family history of dental problems may also contribute to your oral health.

Take care of your smile by making an appointment with Dr. Paul Fotek, a periodontist with experience in taking care of all stages of gum disease. Most cases of gingivitis can be reversed, and the progression of periodontitis can be stopped when proper treatment is obtained. Take care of your teeth for a lifetime of smiles. Contact us to treat gum disease in Palm Beach Gardens, FL today!



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