Don’t let gum disease sneak up on you. Know the warning signs.
Gum disease affects millions of American adults and yet, many people don’t even realize that they have a problem until the disease has spread and caused extensive damage. The goal of our Gainesville, VA, dentist Dr. Chris Houser is to pinpoint gum disease as early as possible. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, here are some of the warning signs and symptoms that should warrant a trip to the dentist’s office.
Have you started to notice a little blood in the sink after flossing or brushing? Bleeding isn’t normal; however, if you’ve just started flossing again then you may notice a little bleeding; however, if the bleeding persists for days then it’s time to consult our Gainesville, VA, family dentist.
Red, Puffy Gums
Healthy gums should be pink, so if you notice that your gums are persistently red and swollen this isn’t something you should ignore, as it could be an early warning sign of gingivitis. The gums may also be tender or sore. Unfortunately, the early stages of gum disease usually aren’t visible, so when your gums change in the slightest it’s best to play it safe and book a dental appointment.
This symptom often appears once gum disease has progressed. As pockets of infection develop within the gums it pulls the gums away from the teeth, which makes teeth appear longer than usual. If left untreated, these pockets will continue to grow.
This usually doesn’t happen until the later stages of gum disease; however, it’s one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults. It’s important that even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms that you still visit a dentist every six months for routine cleanings. You might not notice any problems but our dental team will be able to pinpoint gum disease early on when it’s easily treatable. If caught early enough, gingivitis can be reversed.
Heritage Hunt Dental wants to make sure that patients of all ages living in Gainesville and Haymarket, VA, get the proper dental care they need to protect against gum disease and decay. If it’s time for your biannual dental checkup call our office today to schedule an appointment.