Taking care of your smile means more than just checking your teeth for cavities. Your gum tissue is vitally important to the health and stability of your smile; in fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adult patients.
Today, our Farmington Hills gum disease dentists are giving you some more information about how gum disease manifests. We hope that this short article empowers you to reach out for oral health treatment when you need it.
When gum tissue first becomes infected, you may not notice any immediate changes. The infection progresses and spreads, however, you might find that:
- Your breath is hard to freshen. The oral bacteria that have infected your gums are also releasing unpleasant odors as they grow and feed. This can lead to hard-to-treat bad breath.
- Your gum tissue is red, tender, and swollen. Like any infected tissue, your gums will swell as your body attempts to fight off the infection.
- Your gums bleed easily. As your gum tissue weakens, you may also find that your gums bleed when you floss, brush, or when you eat abrasive foods. This is a sign that the infection has started to damage the strength of your smile.
- Your smile is shifting. When gum disease is left untreated for a long period of time, the patient’s gum and connective tissues can weaken to such an extent that teeth actually start to change position.
The earlier that you are able to spot and treat gum disease, the better your long-term treatment prognosis. Our Farmington Hills periodontal disease dentists are happy to give you more information, and to explain all of your treatment options. Please contact our team by calling our office, or by using the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry for our dentists.