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Signs to Keep an Eye Out for Since Early Gum Disease is Painless


Posted on 3/15/2020 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Signs to Keep an Eye Out for Since Early Gum Disease is PainlessThere are times when a sickness or disease just creeps up on us, no matter how careful we are, and we think – how did that happen?  I'm so careful, I take such good care of myself. 

One of those things is gum disease, we often think about our teeth, but not necessarily our gums, and here is another thought, our gums don't usually hurt or cause us pain and our teeth do. But it is a serious condition that can cause a lot of tooth loss. Fortunately, there are signs you can look for.
 

What Are Stages and Signs We Should be Looking for?


There are two states of gum disease: stage one is termed – plaque attack and stage two is termed – bone burrowing.  With stage one, it is called by the name of gingivitis and it is known to be gum tissue that manifests itself as an inflammation on the teeth and gumline from the formation of plaque. Treatments are generally mildly invasive, which usually involves a good cleaning followed up by a regular and thorough regiment of flushing and brushing and if this is done on a consistent and continual daily basis this can and usually does have reversal effects.
 
With stage two, it is called bone burrowing and is known as periodontitis and is significantly the more advanced of the gum diseases. Certainly, it can still be treated. Our dental professional may need to consider more invasive treatments as this also affects your tissues and bones. A procedure called scaling and deep cleaning of the surface of your roots may have to be done or even more advanced procedures depending on the damage.
 
The things to look for in gum disease are first and foremost swollen and red gums that will bleed easily, or maybe you have problems with your breath smelling bad constantly.  Another think to look for would be if you have pus between your teeth, or if there is a change in how you bite has changed. Any one of these signs means you might have some serious concerns regarding gum disease, but when you have any loss of your permanent teeth, that is for certain you have some very serious concerns regarding gum disease and need to call us.
 
Swollen and gums that are red, gums that will bleed easily,  if you have constant problems with your breath smelling, if your gums have pulled away from your teeth, if you have pus between your teeth, or if you have a change in how your bite is, or any loss of permanent teeth.  You should always be vigilant about your regular schedule, check up's as well as being vigilant yourself as in checking your own gums, even if you think you look good.
 
If you are having any concerns about your upcoming dental visit, or if you any questions at all regarding gum disease or what you can be doing to prevent gum disease, we urge you to call our office and ask any question(s) you need. We are here to make you feel as comfortable as possible before, during and after your visit.  If you need or want to call us for any reason, please don't hesitate, we are here to help. We are always happy to hear from you.
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