4 Symptoms of Gum Disease to Watch Out For

4 Symptoms of Gum Disease to Watch Out For

Did you know gum disease is one of the top causes of tooth loss in adults? Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can easily be treated in early stages but how do you know if you have it? Read on below for the tell-tale signs that your gums are in need of professional care.

Tartar buildup

This is by far one of the most important signs that you’re heading towards gum disease. If plaque isn’t cleaned properly, it hardens over a process of 24 hours and the resulting tartar can only be removed by a professional. This is why you’re always recommended to go for a cleaning at least every 6 months!

Bleeding gums

A definite sign of gum infection, bleeding gums are the result of buildup of tartar and plaque underneath the gumlines. You might have noticed by now that bleeding and inflammation are commonly stimulated by brushing or flossing.

Loose teeth and gum recession

As the infection worsens, you’ll find that tissue tends to shrink back down to the roots of the tooth. This also lessens the foundation that keeps the tooth rooted in place, thus giving you loose teeth. In the most severe cases of gum disease, this results in teeth falling out.

Bad breath

Have a persistent case of bad breath? This could be due to that pesky buildup of tartar beneath your gums. This is not an easily accessibly area for your toothbrush or daily flossing to cover either so you’ll have to visit a professional for deep cleaning.

Notice any of the signs above? Call us today to schedule your appointment!