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Do You Have Gum Disease?

Checking for gum disease

Periodontitis — better known as “gum disease” — isn’t something that’s easily reversed like gingivitis. Rather, it’s an aggressive condition that causes deterioration of the gums and bone tissue that support your smile.


Left untreated, gum disease ultimately leads to tooth loss.


Fortunately, early screening and periodontal therapies can help to save your smile before tooth mobility becomes a concern. Here are some common symptoms to look for:


Bad Breath — Halitosis is an obvious side-effect of an active oral infection. Brushing and flossing won’t help if the cause lies deep under your gum tissues!


Receding Gums — When your body starts to fight off the bacteria that’s causing the infection under your gums, your soft gum tissues fall victim to the process. As your immune system targets the disease, it will cause the gums to detach and pull away from your teeth, leading to recession and tooth exposure.


Bleeding Every Time You Brush and Floss — It’s not normal for your gums to bleed. Gingivitis can cause bleeding, but it’s usually reversible within 10-14 days. If symptoms persist, you may have a more aggressive form of gum infection.


Heavy Buildup — Some people are more prone to tartar buildup than others (although your brushing and flossing routine also affect this.) If you have visible buildup along your gums or behind your lower front teeth, know that these areas harbor the bacteria that contribute to gum disease.


Extra Space Between Your Teeth — Changes in your gum and bone anatomy may cause food to get stuck between your teeth after each meal. If you notice the extra spaces while you’re looking in the mirror, you could have tissue loss.


Think you could have gum disease? Schedule a checkup at Somersmiles Dental in Somerville. During your clean and exam, we’ll screen for periodontitis and show you how to treat the disease before it spreads further.