Our mouths house bacteria – whether you maintain clean eating or drink gallons of water every day, there is always going to be some form of bacteria setting up their shops inside your mouth, on your teeth and your gums. When these bacteria combine with mucus and other gross particles, they form a stick, colorless films of plaque on teeth. If left untreated, it could contribute to periodontal (gum) disease.
Periodontal Disease Overview
According to reports, an approx 47 percent of Americans, over the age of 30 have periodontal disease. Generally, this translates that a whooping 64.7 million adults in the U.S. alone are at a greater risk of developing complications associated with the condition. Periodontitis is a growing epidemic, but thankfully with good oral hygiene and routine visit to a dental professional can help prevent and keep the disease at bay.
The question is: how do you know if you have periodontal infection? Are there signs to learn about the condition to keep an eye out for?
Yes, there are and knowing the symptoms are important so proper treatment can be applied on time. The most common signs include the following:
Unexplained Bleeding Gums
You might notice that your gums bleed when doing everyday tasks like brushing, flossing or eating food. The toxic content in plaque cause a bacterial infection which makes the tissues easily bleed.
Swollen, Red, and/or Painful Gums
A periodontal disease may be present if your gums appear inflamed, swollen, red, and painful/sensitive for no apparent reason. It is extremely essential to halt the progression of the infection before the gum tissues and jaw bone are affected and before the infection is carried into the bloodstream and to other areas of the body.
Teeth Look Longer or Roots Exposed
Periodontis can result in gum recession. The toxins produced by bacteria can eat away the supporting gum tissue and bones, thus making the teeth look longer and the roots exposed.
Persistent Bad Breath/Halitosis
Halitosis is not fun to have, therefore if you notice that you have bad breathe, it’s recommended that you should have it checked. Bad breath is often caused by old food particle which sits between the teeth and the gum line – the deeper gum pockets are, the more debris and bacteria, thereby causing a foul odor.
Loose teeth/ Unnatural Feeling When Biting Down
If your teeth seem loose, or wiggle too much, or feel unnatural and don’t fit together when biting down, this is a sign of rapidly progressing periodontis. As the bone tissue gets destroyed, teeth to the jawbone become loose or shift in position causing change in bite pattern.
White/Yellow Gel-Like Substance (Pus) Between Teeth and Gums
Pus oozing from between your teeth or in your gums is a serious indication that periodontal infection is at work. Pus is the sign of the body trying to fight against the infection and needs to be taken care of immediately to ensure the issue is stopped and no further harm is done to your mouth and overall health.
If you or someone in your family is experiencing any of the common symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease, separately or combined in Grand Prairie please be sure to contact us today so we can schedule a visit for a gum examination.