Is there constant plaque buildup in your mouth? Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? You may be in the beginning stages of gingivitis, also known as gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis advances to periodontitis, potentially causing tooth loss. To avoid the damaging effects of gingivitis and periodontitis, pay attention to these common symptoms:
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Gums that regularly bleed (usually after brushing)
- Loose, shifting teeth
- Changes in bite
- Deep pockets between teeth and gums
Fortunately, our periodontal therapy treats the early stages of periodontal disease with root planing and scaling. If you’re not experiencing these symptoms, it is still important to maintain regular check ups to prevent them!