Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

The symptoms of periodontal disease, also called gum disease, don't always seem startling at first. In fact, many people overlook their periodontal diseasesymptoms because they assume they're harmless. Recognizing periodontal disease signs and symptoms can help you protect your smile. Your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates treat gum disease and many other oral health issues at their office in North Charleston, SC.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease

Do you have bad breath? Although your breath may not be so fresh when you first wake up in the morning or after you eat a burger smothered in onions, constant bad breath is not normal. Bad breath can be a sign that you have mild, moderate, or severe periodontal disease.

Bad breath is one of several symptoms of gingivitis, the mildest type of gum disease. Fortunately, gingivitis can often be reversed if you see your North Charleston, SC, dentist at the first sign of trouble.

Other symptoms of periodontal disease can include:

  • Bleeding Gums: Your gums shouldn't bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. If your toothbrush looks pink after you brush or your floss is bloody, you may have gingivitis.
  • Changes in the Appearance of Your Gums: Red, swollen gums are common if you have gingivitis. If you don't receive treatment, the condition of your gums may worsen and you may develop the more severe form of periodontal disease. Eventually, your gums may begin to pull away from your teeth, forming deep spaces called pockets. Pockets harbor bacteria, which can destroy gum tissue, bone, and ligaments.
  • Pain When Chewing: It may hurt to chew if your gums are red and inflamed.
  • Receding Gums: Periodontal disease can cause your gum tissue to recede, exposing your roots. In addition to the obvious change in your appearance, you may also experience sensitivity when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages if you have receding gums.
  • Loose Teeth or Dentures: Gum disease may eventually cause your teeth to loosen or even fall out. You're not immune from gum disease even if you've lost all of your teeth. A change in the fit of your dentures may mean that you have periodontal disease.

Don't ignore these common signs of gum disease! Call your North Charleston, SC, dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates at (843) 553-7827 to schedule an appointment.