When bacteria builds up in your mouth, you may gradually need periodontal care. The buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to an infection in your gums and tissues. You can’t heal this on your own or with brushing alone. If you notice these three symptoms in your oral health, it could be a sign of periodontal disease. And it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist.
1. You Notice Changes With Your Gums
Gingivitis, or gum disease, is often the first sign of periodontal disease. Almost half of adults over 30 have gum disease. While gingivitis itself isn’t periodontal disease, it can lead to periodontitis, which is a much more severe form of gingivitis that could result in tooth loss.
If you start to notice gum problems, you need to consider professional periodontal care. A few symptoms to watch for include:
- Tender gums
- Swollen or red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Gum pain when brushing or eating
When your gums pull away from your teeth, this allows periodontitis to begin. As pockets form, infection is able to damage the bone holding your tooth in place, which then damages your tooth.
2. Tooth Changes May Mean Periodontal Care
Just like with your gums, anytime you notice changes in your teeth, it may be time to contact your dentist. In fact, you might notice tooth changes before gum issues, especially if the problem is happening on the backside of your teeth and gums.
When brushing or eating, check for the following:
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain when eating or brushing
- Loose teeth
- Changes in how your teeth meet when chewing or talking
- Noticeable buildup along the gumline that doesn’t come off when brushing
Some issues, such as pain and sensitivity, could also be a cavity or weakening of the enamel. However, these also require professional dental care.
3. You Have Major Risk Factors
Sometimes, even with the best oral care routine, you may still be at a high risk for periodontal disease. Certain illnesses, such as diabetes and immune disorders, put you at a higher risk. Medications that cause dry mouth, smoking, hormonal changes, and even high levels of stress can all increase your risks.
Let your dentist know about medications and health issues that may increase your risk. As a result, your dentist can develop a better periodontal care plan to reduce this risk and keep your mouth and teeth healthier.
Learn more about periodontal care and how Dr. David S. Kuban treats periodontal disease.
Content found on this blog is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please speak with a professional if you have concerns about your oral health.