The symptoms gum of disease in Azusa
It is estimated that approximately 64 million adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Many of those who are affected are unaware they have the disease. This is a very common and serious oral condition, which impacts both adults and children.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that can damage or destroy the bone and gum tissue that supports the teeth. This is why it is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It has also been linked to a number of serious medical conditions including stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Once tissue damage has occurred, it cannot be reversed without bone or gum grafts. With proper care, the progression can be stopped. This is why it is extremely important for patients to be aware of the symptoms and seek early treatment. With prompt dental attention from Gentle Care Dentistry, it is possible to stop periodontal disease from progressing from gingivitis to periodontitis. Once periodontitis develops, tissue damage will begin to occur, at this point, it is vital to seek immediate treatment before further damage occurs.
The symptoms of periodontal disease
Typically, the first symptom patients experience indicating that they may be suffering from gingivitis is their gums bleeding when brushed. Other early warning signs may include gum tissue that is red, swollen, and possibly tender. At this stage, it is normally very easy to treat and avoid permanent damage.
If gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, patients will begin experiencing permanent tissue damage. This generally begins as damage to the gum tissue, followed by the loss of bone; at its most advanced, tooth loss is likely to occur.
The symptoms of periodontitis include those of gingivitis, but with the addition of bad breath, a foul taste in the mouth, and gum tissue that is beginning to recede. This results in the teeth looking longer. In the more advanced cases, patients notice a loosening of the teeth and frequently experience abscesses. These symptoms are often followed by the loss of teeth.
If you think you are suffering from periodontal disease, call Gentle Care Dentistry at 626-498-1766, and schedule an appointment today. This condition will not go away without proper dental care, the longer it goes untreated the more damage it can do.