August 13, 2018

Untreated gum disease can lead to numerous health problems. Some experts believe there is a link between periodontitis and heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. Additionally, periodontal disease can cause people to lose teeth and develop oral infections that require much more intensive procedures to treat. Individuals should schedule an appointment with our periodontist in Miami, FL as soon as they notice gum recession, which is a definite sign of gum disease. However, there are many other symptoms to look out for.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

In many cases, gum disease will remain asymptomatic at first. This is why it is important to see a periodontist a couple times a year to make sure your gums are in good health. Some of the most common symptoms to pay attention to include:

  • Bleeding when flossing, brushing and eating tough foods
  • Tender, swollen and red gum tissue
  • Pain in the mouth
  • Pus forms between teeth and gums
  • Separating and loose teeth
  • Change in the way teeth fit together during bites
  • Sores develop around the mouth
  • Chronic bad breath

Tips for Preventing the Disease 

It is much easier to prevent gum disease than to treat it and there are many actions people can take at home to avoid the condition. People should brush and floss their teeth at least twice daily. It is also a good idea to swish anti-microbial mouthwash at least once a day for added protection. It is also recommended for people to brush their tongue because bacteria can build up there as well. Finally, it is critical to maintain a healthy diet that is low in starchy and sugary foods.

Take Care of Your Oral Health

If you have not seen a periodontist in a while, then contact our office immediately. Dr. Bradley A. Ross or Dr. Scott B. Ross at South Florida Periodontics and Dental Implants will check your teeth and gums to see whether gum disease has formed. In the event it is already there, you need to schedule a follow-up, so we can treat it before it escalates.



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