Did you know that more people lose their teeth to gum disease than they do to cavities? Also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, this severe gum infection leads to everything from bad breath to severe gum recession.
So how can you know whether or not you have an active gum infection? Our dentist in Los Angeles wants you to be on the lookout for some of these most common symptoms:
- Gums That Bleed — If your gums bleed when you’re brushing or flossing, it is not normal.
- Bad Breath — Halitosis is a common red flag for bacterial infections deep below the gums.
- “Long” Teeth — As gums pull away from your teeth, they recede and leave teeth looking longer than before.
- Visible Tartar Buildup or Discoloration — Tartar harbors bacteria that causes gum disease. Check for signs of buildup behind your lower front teeth. It won’t come off with a toothbrush or floss.
- Food Getting Stuck Between Teeth — When gums detach from the tooth, it allows food to build up and get stuck in the “pockets” around and between your teeth.
- Tooth Sensitivity — Exposed root surfaces are especially tender to temperature changes. If you feel a “jolt” of pain in a specific area, it might be a side-effect of gum recession.
Schedule a Consultation
At Crystal Dental Centers, our Los Angeles dentist will incorporate periodontal screenings into your routine dental exam. We’ll carefully measure the level of attachment between your gums, teeth, and bone.
When to See the Dentist
- Early diagnosis is key. It is preferred to treat gum disease symptoms in the beginning stages, so that advanced bone loss or surgery can be avoided.
If you’re exhibiting any of the above mentioned symptoms of gum disease and they aren’t going away — or it’s been longer than six months since your last dental checkup — contact Crystal Dental Centers today to schedule an exam and cleaning at 213.748.8448 or for further information please visit www.CrystalDentalCenters.com.