While many diseases cannot be prevented, such as hereditary diseases, there are diseases that can be prevented. One of these is gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a disease where an infection can harm your gums and cause tooth loss. For the most part, gum disease occurs because of a lack of oral care. Oral care consists of daily maintenance, such as brushing your teeth, as well as professional preventative care, such as dental checkups.
Love to Smile was founded as a dental clinic to help our community have great oral health and ensure gum disease does not occur. We offer a variety of dental services in order to better serve you, from veneers to Invisalign, teeth whitening, 3D technology, Itero Digital Intraoral Scanner, and so much more. Our caring and compassionate staff works hard to ensure you are comfortable during your time with us. Below, we’ll go over some signs of gum disease. Contact us for a dental appointment or consultation today!
SIGNS OF GUM DISEASE
Gum disease, like most diseases, does not just appear overnight; it is a slow process that usually has many symptoms. One of the first signs of gum disease to appear is red and/or swollen gums. This you can see and notice in the mirror when you are brushing your teeth. It will usually be around the gum line and is basically inflammation. This is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and should not be ignored. You may notice that your gums hurt or are tender, as well as bleed, when you are brushing them. Inflammation of your gums should most definitely be investigated by your local dentist.
Although no one particularly wants to think about it, there are millions of bacteria living in your mouth at any given moment. The bad bacteria are feeding on plaque and other food on your teeth. Bacteria give off toxins as they feed that is causing inflammation and causing bad breath. While we all get bad breath every now and then, a sign of gum disease is bad breath that just won’t go away no matter how many times you brush. This is due to the plethora of bacteria in your mouth that cannot be eliminated until the source of your dental issue is identified and treated.
Your gums are the pink tissue that you see that covers the bottom portion of your teeth. Also called gingiva (thus, gingivitis is an infection in the gums), your gums attach to part of your tooth and a bone-like material that covers the tooth’s root known as cementum. The purpose of your gums is to hold your teeth in place. Gum recession is when your gums become damaged. Your gums can either wear away, or they can pull away from your tooth, exposing more of the tooth than it should, and even exposing the tooth’s root. This then is an open invitation for bacteria to attack and build up. If left untreated, you could lose a tooth this way.
Your adult teeth, once grown in, should not move. If you have a loose adult tooth, you should call your local dentist immediately as this is a sure sign that something is wrong. If your loose tooth is caused by gum disease, what most likely has happened is that bacteria have somehow penetrated to the bone that is holding your tooth in place, which is why it is loose. Gum recession can also cause a loose tooth.
Change in Bite (Malocclusion)
Malocclusion is a fancy word for saying that your teeth are misaligned. For the most part, this is hereditary, which braces can fix. However, misaligned teeth can happen for a variety of reasons, including wisdom teeth coming in, improper dental care, an injury to the jaw, or something from your childhood, such as thumb sucking or prolonged use of a pacifier. Gum disease can also cause malocclusion via loose teeth.
If your teeth are loose, they can shift position. You will most likely notice this when you are eating or when your mouth is closed and has come together. In fact, if you notice that your bite is different than normal, make an appointment with Love to Smile as soon as possible. Like any disease, the earlier that gum disease is detected, the better chance you have of an effective treatment.
CHOOSE LOVE TO SMILE TODAY
Love to Smile is all about smiles! Our top-rated dentists are passionate about helping our clients have great oral hygiene and care. Gum disease is preventable; however, if you are showing signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment today. There are many treatments we can offer depending on your stage of gum disease and your symptoms.
Our local dental clinic has three offices to better serve you: overland Park, Peculiar, and Lenexa. We understand that going to the dentist is not your favorite thing to do, which is why we hope to make it convenient and comfortable for you. We work efficiently in order to ensure your dental service takes no longer than is needed. We aim to get you in and out so you can go back to your normal routine — just with a brighter smile!
If you are interested in partnering with us for our dental services, including for gum disease detection, call to get started today!