Signs That You Might Have Periodontal Disease
The leading cause of tooth loss in America, periodontal disease is a vicious condition that can have an enormously detrimental effect on your smile. Fortunately, here at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD, your dentist, Dr. Steven L. Rattner, offers a wide range of dental services, including periodontal therapy, to help preserve your oral health.
More about Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease, a condition that begins by displaying symptoms such as:
- Red, swollen, puffy gums
- Loss of normal gum contours
- Bleeding when you brush and floss
- Pain when you chew or bite
If you notice these symptoms, you need to begin a diligent program of oral hygiene, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing once daily. You also need to visit your dentist and dental hygienist for a dental examination and professional dental cleaning. If you are quick acting, gum disease can be reversed to help prevent periodontal disease.
Unfortunately, if left untreated at this early stage, periodontal disease cannot be reversed—it can only be managed. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, so you need to seek treatment if you experience:
- Receding gums, with increasingly exposed tooth roots
- Tooth and root sensitivity due to root exposure
- A sour taste in your mouth and chronic bad breath
- Teeth that feel loose and a bite that feels different
- New spaces or gaps appearing between your teeth
Concerned? Give us a call
If you notice any of the signs and symptoms of gum or periodontal disease, it’s vital to seek out treatment from your dentist, Dr. Steven Rattner. Dial (301) 987-5527 today to set up an appointment at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD.