Major Symptoms of Periodontics

Major Symptoms of Periodontics

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that requires several treatments for several years. Each type of treatment is designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, fighting the infection and reversing any damage done to your gums. 

The disease shows several symptoms, a few of which have been listed below.

Bad Breath

Bad breath can be an indicator of periodontal disease. Several issues can bring on a foul odor from the mouth. The leading cause of bad breath is bacteria, which should be removed. If the condition is caught early, treating it can be as simple as improving your oral hygiene practices.

Bleeding Gums

If your gums bleed when you brush, it’s usually a sign that you have a buildup of plaque along the surface of your teeth. Plaque is a sticky biofilm that harbors harmful bacteria. Brushing your teeth will dislodge the plaque, causing it to bleed.

If left untreated, plaque can lead to periodontal disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. This is because gum disease can damage the soft tissue that holds your teeth in place. This can lead to loose or lost teeth.

Gum recession

Gum recession happens when the gum tissues pull back from the teeth. It can happen due to gum disease. When the gums recede, the exposed roots are more susceptible to decay. Patients may notice sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or even pain when chewing. Gum recession may also cause the teeth to look longer as the gums have receded.

Loose or Shifting Teeth

Loose or shifting teeth can be a sign of periodontitis. Periodontitis is caused when plaque and tartar buildup irritate the gums, causing redness, inflammation, bleeding, and pus. The gums then recede or pull away from the teeth, allowing for more bacteria buildup and damage.

Changes in Bite

A change in bite may mean that your gums are shifting, either due to gum disease. When your gums are healthy, they will be tightly pressed against your teeth.

If your gums are shifting, this can cause teeth to become misaligned and crowded. Both gum disease and missing teeth can increase your risk of gingivitis and periodontitis, which may cause your gums to recede.

Schedule an appointment with Arden Dental Center to learn more about taking care of your oral health. We are located at 531 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 100, Wheaton, IL 60187. Contact our team at (630) 529-0303 or visit our website to book a consultation.


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