Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

While most people are aware of the need to keep their teeth healthy and prevent decay, many are not as diligent about caring for their gums. Regular visits to the dentist not only help diagnose decay in its early stages, but can find any problems that might be developing with your gums, including gingivitis and severe periodontal disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Many of the symptoms of gum disease are difficult to see on your own. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should discuss them with your dentist.

  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • A shiny, swollen or purplish look to the gums
  • Tenderness in the gums

When you visit your dentist, he will use special tools to measure the “pockets” around your teeth—the spaces where the gums meet the teeth. If these pockets are too deep, it can be an indication that the gums are pulling away from the tooth roots. This is a symptom of more advanced gum disease, and should be treated promptly.

Treating Periodontal Disease

If periodontal disease is diagnosed in the early stage, treatment can be simple. Your dentist might recommend a special toothpaste or mouthwash designed to help your gums heal and to remove the bacteria causing the gums to become infected. [pullquote]Regular visits to the dentist not only help diagnose decay in its early stages, but can find any problems that might be developing with your gums, including gingivitis and severe periodontal disease.[/pullquote]

More advanced periodontal disease might require more extensive treatment. Scaling and planing is a deep cleaning technique that removes plaque, tartar and bacteria from below the gum line. For more advanced cases of periodontal disease, surgery might be necessary.

The best way to avoid advanced periodontal disease is through proper care and prevention. Regular brushing and flossing will help stimulate the gums as well as removing the bacteria and plaque that can build up between the tooth roots and the gums. Visiting your dentist on a regular schedule ensures early diagnosis of gingivitis to keep it from developing into a more serious issue.

If it is time to schedule a regular dental appointment to have your gums evaluated, or if you have experienced any symptoms of periodontal disease, please call our Tulsa office at 918-743-9924 to make an appointment today.