Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease and Periodontitis
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Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease and Periodontitis

Young girl with tooth painPart of maintaining a healthy smile is knowing how to care for your gum tissue and avoid gum disease and gingivitis. If gum disease goes untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, which can eventually cause bone loss in the jaws or the loss of the teeth.

Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Below are a few of the important signs and symptoms of gum disease that you should keep an eye out for:

  • Bleeding Gums – Healthy gums shouldn’t bleed when you brush or floss them. Bleeding can be a sign of plaque buildup on the gum tissue, which can cause gingivitis.
  • Chronic Bad Breath – When plaque builds up on the gum tissue and isn’t brushed or flossed away, it will emit a foul odor that can cause chronic bad breath.
  • Swollen Gums – When plaque is allowed to accumulate on the gums, the tissue can become irritated and inflamed. Eventually the presence of this bacteria will start to break down the gum’s attachment to the teeth.
  • Gum Sensitivity – The gum swelling mentioned above can also cause gum recession. This will cause the nerves of the teeth to become exposed, causing sensitivity.
  • Tooth Pain or Loosening – Once teeth begin to loosen, the gum disease has most likely become quite advanced. If you notice this symptom, you should seek immediate dental help.

Any one of these signs or any combination of them can point to trouble with your gum tissue. We recommend visiting your general dentist or a periodontitis to make sure your gums are healthy.

To speak to a skilled orthodontist, please don’t hesitate to contact Lockett Orthodontics here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  

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