Signs of Gum Disease

Patients come to Dr. Carol Ford’s cosmetic dentistry office for many reasons.  Often what seems like a routine visit can reveal an underlined condition which needs immediate attention. “Gum disease is a sneaky condition, which starts out quietly but often results in lost teeth and pain,” says Dr. Ford. Watch out for these subtle symptoms. It can help you ward off a major problem down the road.

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Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums

Healthy gums are pink and firm, so if your gums turn darker shades of pink into red, something is wrong. “Another sign of trouble is gums that bleed as you brush or floss,” adds Dr. Ford. If the water you are rinsing down the drain is pink or red, you’ve just seen a warning sign that should have you calling your cosmetic dentistry office.

Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath is a signal of trouble, sometimes related to medical issues or drugs, but usually something your dental expert can help resolve. “There may be logical reasons for bad breath, like the onions on your salad or the garlic bread at lunch. However, if you seem to have bad breath no matter how much you brush your teeth, decay-causing plaque, bacteria, and tartar may be hiding in your mouth,” adds Dr. Ford. These troublemakers cause gum inflammation, which you may have heard referred to as Gingivitis. Here are a few tips on how to stop and prevent bad breath.

Loose Teeth or Receding Gums

When Gingivitis goes untreated, it usually becomes Periodontitis. Pockets or space between the gums and tooth surface can develop, or certain teeth will feel wiggly or loose. Infections or abscesses follow. These symptoms are bad news, since you
are in serious danger of losing teeth.

Pain

Tenderness when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, or outright pain in your gum area should send you immediately to Dr. Ford for attention. Mouth pain is an abnormal event that usually means a problem. Taking care of a small issue as soon as it starts can prevent something much more serious later.

Dr. Ford’s cosmetic dentistry office can help in the battle against gum disease. Regular visits are extremely important, because the sooner you get treatment, the better your chances of saving your smile!

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