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Raleigh, NC 27607

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Signs That You Might Have Periodontal Disease

By Blue Ridge Dental Care
August 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Periodontal disease can threaten your smile, cause you to lose teeth, and have a detrimental effect on your overall health. Fortunately, if you catch this issue early, it can be reversed and treated. Read on to learn how Dr. Ajamu Giscombe at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, North Carolina offers gum and periodontal disease treatment to help you.

More about Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in the plaque on your teeth. The millions of bacteria produce toxins that destroy both the soft and the hard tissue holding your teeth in place. As a result, your teeth become loose and you can eventually lose them. In fact, periodontal disease is currently the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.

Typically, you will have a few warning signs and symptoms before you develop full-on periodontal disease, as this condition is the ultimate stage of gum disease. Some of these early signs include:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when you brush and floss
  • Swollen gums with loss of normal contours
  • Pain in your gums when you chew your food

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to practice excellent oral hygiene, including a regiment of brushing after meals and before going to bed, flossing at least once each day, and visiting your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for a dental exam and professional dental cleaning.

If you have untreated gum disease, chances are that you will eventually develop periodontal disease. At this point, you will begin experiencing:

  • Receding gum tissue and loss of gum contours
  • Exposed tooth roots and increasing root sensitivity
  • Frequent bad breath and a sour taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that feel loose and a change in your bite
  • Gaps appearing between your teeth

Concerned? Give us a Call

If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, you must seek out the help of your dentist. Dial (919) 781-3862 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ajamu Giscombe of Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, NC, today!