Periodontitis is the formal name of advanced gum disease. It’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss and affects millions of people over the age of thirty. But at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, gum disease can be treated and does not have to result in the loss of teeth.
Gum disease is progressive. Before it reaches the advanced stage, it is called gingivitis, which is inflammation in the gums. An early sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.
There are some common warning signs of gum disease, and they include:
- Gums that bleed often
- Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
- Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
- Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
- A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
Hopefully, you are not noticing any of these things. If you are not brushing and flossing your teeth every day, however, your gums are at risk.
Gum disease can be avoided with proper dental care. Like we always say, we want our patients to brush and floss twice a day to maintain their dental health.
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