Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease generally starts small – noticeable only by slight inflammation or color changes in the gums. When untreated, these initial symptoms may progress to gums that bleed when teeth are brushed, something generally noticed by the presence of blood when rinsing. At this stage, treating gum disease may require little more than improving your oral care routine. However, when allowed to progress much farther, more invasive treatment options will be necessary.
If you have begun to notice symptoms of gum disease, please contact Colorado Dental Arts online or call our Littleton Family Dentists at (303) 872-9436 to schedule an appointment today.
Identifying Gum Disease
Early symptoms of gum disease include red or swollen gums that bleed easily. Other symptoms in the early stages of gum disease may include:
- A chronic bad taste in the mouth
- Bad breath that does not go away with brushing
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Darkening of gum tissue
These issues should be brought to the attention of our Littleton family dentists as soon as possible to help guard against advanced stages of gum disease.
When left untreated, gum disease may result in symptoms such as:
- Pus in between teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes to bite tension
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
In its advanced stages, gum disease will result in permanent tooth loss and can increase your risk for serious health issues such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and complications with pregnancy. Gum disease has also been linked to increased risks for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Avoiding gum disease through daily oral care and routine visits is recommended. However, if symptoms occur in between visits, we will get you in as soon as possible for a gum disease treatment consultation to help guard against the potentially deadly consequences of this common oral health issue.
To schedule a periodontal examination with our experienced Littleton family dentists, please contact us today. Our family dentists serve Ken Caryl, Littleton, Highlands Ranch and surrounding Southwest Denver communities.