Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions. But how do you know if you have gum disease or if you’re more likely to develop the condition? Our dentist discusses the gum disease risk factors and symptoms in our guide below.
Healthy gums should be firm and pale pink. If you notice that your gums are red, swollen, or tender, it may be a sign of gum disease.
Bleeding gums are one of the more common warning signs in the early stage of gum disease.
Periodontal disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can accumulate.
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, may also indicate the progression of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can cause the bone that supports your teeth to deteriorate, which can lead to loose or shifting teeth.
Gum disease can also cause changes in your bite, which is the way your teeth come together when you close your mouth.
In advanced periodontal disease cases, you may notice pus between the teeth and gums.
Several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing gum disease, including:
In its early stages, gum disease can often be reversed through improved oral hygiene, such as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly, along with professional dental cleanings. However, if the disease has progressed to advanced stages, it may require more extensive treatment.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene habits, including:
The treatment for gum disease will depend on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, improved oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings may be enough. However, more advanced cases may require scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning procedure), antibiotics, or even surgery.
At our dental practice in Grand Haven, we offer gum disease treatment to restore your dental health and preserve your smile’s appearance. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, don’t wait until the disease progresses.
Call us today at (616) 842-2850 to schedule your appointment. We’re committed to providing our patients with high-quality, compassionate dental care, and we look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.