Keeping your gums healthy is just as important as keeping your teeth healthy. Of course, every year, millions of Americans end up dealing with some degree of gum disease, a condition that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Fortunately, our Saginaw, MI, dentist, Dr. Gregory Herzler, is here to keep your oral health in top shape. Read on to learn if you should be concerned about the state of your gums.
More about periodontal disease and its symptoms
If you notice any of these signs of gum disease, it’s important to see us right away for care:
- Swollen, puffy gums
- Red or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums, or gums that pull away from the teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
- Pus between the teeth
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
Often in the very beginning stages of gum disease, a person won’t even be able to tell that they have it. Only, by visiting your Saginaw, MI, dentist for routine cleanings every six months can you catch this condition before it starts to cause problems. During these checkups, we can spot early warning signs that you may not even notice.
Of course, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s important that you don’t ignore them—schedule an appointment with us right away to let us know what issues you are experiencing.
Usually, the early warning signs are mild. You may suddenly notice that your gums bleed whenever you floss or brush or you may have noticed that your pink, healthy gums suddenly look red and inflamed. Even these subtle differences could mean the beginning stages of periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and if detected early, it can be reversed with the proper care. However, if gingivitis isn’t treated, it will turn into periodontal disease. Once this happens, you may start to notice changes in your bite or that teeth suddenly appear longer than usual (this is due to receding gums). Again, the sooner you seek treatment from our dentist, the better it is for your health.
Concerned? Give us a call
It’s important to keep an eye out for changes in your gum health. Call our Saginaw, MI, dental practice today at (989) 793-7733 if you suspect that you might be dealing with periodontal disease.