The Progression Of Gum Disease and What To Watch Out For
Posted on 8/10/2020 by Dr. Boustany
|Like any unhealthy dental issue, the sooner you catch gum disease, the better. Know the signs, and be proactive with your dental health, so you can keep your healthy gums and smile for a lifetime.
The Four Stages Of Gum Disease
Gum disease (periodontitis) is a progression, and one of the first signs of it is inflamed and/or bleeding gums when brushing your teeth. Are you noticing blood along the gum line while brushing, or after brushing? It shouldn't be ignored, and your gums will thank you for catching this early sign of gum disease. It can be a sign of gingivitis, which can be turned around if caught. Another sign, which can sometimes occur before other signs are noticed, is bone loss in the area that supports your teeth. Bone loss can put your teeth at risk for cracks and loosening. Third, as gum disease advances, there is more bone and gum loss, which can cause multiple teeth to loosen and crack. Watch for signs such as, pain when chewing. Lastly, in its most advanced stages, gum disease can lead to an inability to comfortably chew food at all, and eventually, tooth loss.
How can I Keep My Gums Healthy?
Keep an eye on your teeth, watching for the symptoms listed above. Before gum disease advances too far, let your dentist know if you are having discomfort eating or brushing your teeth. Pay attention if you notice your gums are often bleeding during or after tooth brushing, or if they feel or look inflamed. Keep up with your regular healthy teeth and gums routine, which should always include brushing after meals, and flossing twice a day. Regular dental checkups, cleaning, and dental repairs are a must in the health of your gums. In our office, we are here to answer all of your questions, and help you keep your healthy gums, teeth, and smile.