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The six early and late-stage signs of gum disease

woman-suffering-from-tooth-sensitivityDrs. Nancy Gill, Dallas Kenson, and Evelyn Qi of Golden Dental Solutions in Golden, CO, want you to know that gum disease is not something to take lightly. Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that support your teeth. It is most typically caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If plaque is not effectively removed, it can become hard and turn into tartar. This tartar can cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed easily. Inflammation of the gums is the initial stage of gum disease, also known as gingivitis.

If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, the more serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis will cause your gums to pull away from your teeth, bone loss, and tooth loss and completely and negatively affect your oral health and wellness.

The six early signs of gum disease can include:

  • Bleeding gums – if you notice your gums are bleeding, especially when you brush or floss, it may be an early sign of periodontal disease.
  • Red, tender, or swollen gum tissues – gums that are red and swollen may be an indication that inflammation is present.
  • Gums shrinking away from teeth – if your gums are receding, it may be a sign of gum disease.
  • Chronic bad breath – persistent bad breath that does not go away, known as halitosis, may indicate you have an infection in the oral cavity and should be evaluated by a professional
  • Pus between teeth and gums – this is a sign of an infection, and you should see a dentist as soon as possible.
  • Loose teeth – in the later stages of gum disease, loose teeth are common due to the shrinking of the jawbone that supports the tooth roots.

Call Golden Dental Solutions to learn more about the early and late-stage signs of periodontal disease!

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact Drs. Nancy Gill, Dallas Kenson, and Evelyn Qi of Golden Dental Solutions to learn more about the care and attention needed to address the problem and get the infection under control. Golden, CO area patients can call 303-277-9600 to request an appointment, even if they are new to our office!

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