Periodontal Disease: Warning Signs

Healthy Gums Vs Periodontitis

Worried that you may have periodontal disease, a.k.a. gum disease? The first step in alleviating that fear is gaining awareness of the warning signs for periodontal disease. If you experience any of the symptoms discussed below, you may be developing periodontal disease. But do not panic — instead, gain peace of mind by consulting an oral health professional who can get you started on a treatment plan.

Bleeding Gums
The first warning sign for periodontal disease is bleeding gums when you brush or floss. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection. Oral bacteria irritates and inflames the gum tissue along the gum line. So if you have a bacterial infection, your gums will bleed when you brush or floss.

Red, Puffy, Tender, or Swollen Gums
The second indicator of periodontal disease is red, puffy, tender, or swollen gums. This is caused by the body’s immune-response to plaque. Poor oral hygiene allows plaque to build up on the gum line and teeth. Plaque is a colorless film comprised of food debris and bacteria that sticks to the teeth and gums. If not removed, plaque triggers the body’s response, which manifests in inflamed, tender, or red gums.

Loose Teeth
Periodontal disease also may cause loose teeth. Healthy gums hug the teeth tightly, holding them firmly in place. But untreated gum disease attacks the teeth’s surrounding structures. Similar to home foundational damage, structural damage causes teeth to feel loose and unsupported.

Unusual Bite
Another indicator of periodontal disease is the way your teeth fit together when you bite. Structural damage due to gum disease causes teeth to loosen and shift. This occurrence may impact your bite as well.

Bad Taste
Finally, a recurring bad taste in your mouth may signal that you have periodontal disease. Gum disease is a breeding ground for foul-tasting and foul-smelling bacteria. A lingering bad taste in the mouth, even after brushing and flossing, is a warning sign that you may have gum disease.

If you notice any of these indicators, you may have periodontal disease. But not to worry – consult with your oral health professional to create an action plan.

Have questions? Give North Raleigh Periodontics a call at (919) 518-8222. We’d love to speak with you!