Knoxville, TN dentist describes the noticeable signs of gum disease
Dr. Pablo Foncea and the team of Sequoyah Dental Arts can help patients in achieving better dental health not only by providing preventative and general dentistry services, but by educating patients on the dental problems that can occur and explaining how to address them. When patients are not properly brushing and flossing after every meal, they may be putting themselves at risk for a condition known as gum disease.
Gum disease, which dentists may also refer to as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition that can occur when patients are not following proper oral hygiene procedures. It is more likely in patients who do not visit their dentist twice a year for cleanings and examinations. The condition develops over the course of time as plaque hardens into tartar and bacteria begin to collect around the teeth and gums. The condition results in the shrinking of gum tissue, which causes pockets around the teeth. These are places where bacteria can hide and grow, becoming more aggressive and damaging the smile.
Gum disease can be reversed if patients take note of the condition early enough for a dental professional to intervene. Patients should check for the signs of gum disease and contact Dr. Pablo Foncea if they see them. Signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Red, swollen, and inflamed gums
- Untreatable bad breath
As gum disease progresses into the later stages, patients may also notice:
- Shrinking gum tissue
- Cavity formation
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that fall out
The earlier stages of gum disease may indicate gingivitis. This is a reversible condition if caught soon enough; during regular recall appointments, Dr. Pablo Foncea will examine the smile to see if gingivitis is developing. With appropriate treatment, patients can combat the disease and bring their smile back to health. However, avoiding treatment can result in further issues such as the loss of jawbone, natural teeth, and even gum tissue. Repairing this can be costly and time consuming and should be avoided whenever possible!