Signs That You May Have Periodontal Disease
By Ron T. Williamson, DDS
November 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Wondering what your gums could be trying to tell you about your health?

Being able to spot gum disease early on is particularly important for the long-term health and maintenance of your teeth and gums. Of course, gum disease doesn’t always cause symptoms until the more advanced stages. So, how can you catch this problem before it causes serious issues like tooth loss? One way (besides maintaining good oral hygiene) is by visiting our Berkley, MI, dentist, Dr. Ron Williamson, twice a year for routine checkups.

At these routine cleanings, we can spot changes in your gums that you might not even notice. By visiting your dentist every six months, you ensure that problems are detected and treated as soon as possible. Of course, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you should see your dentist as soon as possible,

Bleeding Gums

This is a hallmark sign of gum disease and it may begin during the early stages of gum disease (also known as gingivitis). When the gums become inflamed, they are also more likely to bleed when you brush and floss. Therefore, if you start to notice blood in the sink whenever you brush or floss, it’s time to call our Berkley, MI, dentist for a checkup.

Puffy, Red Gums

Take a look at the appearance of your gums. Healthy gums should be shiny and pink; however, if gums look puffy and red, this could be another sign of gum disease. While these changes may be subtle at first, as gum disease progresses, the gums gradually become more and more inflamed. swollen, and tender. These are signs that you shouldn’t ignore.

Receding or Shrinking Gums

As gum disease becomes more advanced, you may start to notice that your gums are shrinking or that your teeth suddenly appear larger. As pockets of infection grow between the gums, they start to pull the gums away from the teeth, causing them to shrink. Over time, this can lead to loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Whether you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or you just want to protect your teeth with biannual checkups, it’s always the perfect time to call your dentist in Berkley, MI, for a checkup, cleaning, or evaluation. Schedule your appointment today at (248) 399-4455.