Did you know that periodontal disease is the number on cause of tooth loss among adult dental patients?
Periodontal disease destroys the underlying structure of your smile—the oral and connective tissues, not to mention bones, that hold your teeth in place. It is crucial that you be able to spot and seek treatment for periodontal disease before it gets out of hand. That’s why our West Bloomfield dentists have put together this short informational article about gum disease. Read through this info to get a better idea of whether you need to talk to your dentist about treating periodontal disease.
The first signs of gum disease are often quite subtle. Your gum tissue may look a little redder than usual, or swollen. You might find that your gums are prone to bleeding when you floss—this is a sign that the blood vessels within your gums are weakened.
As gum disease progresses many people find that it is hard to achieve and maintain fresh breath. This is because the bacteria that infect a patient’s gum tissue also release unpleasant odors when they grow and multiply.
Once gum disease has really taken a hold of your smile, you might find that your teeth are shifting along your gum line—they are actually becoming loose and moving out of alignment. You may also be able to see that your gums are pulling away from your dental enamel, forming something called periodontal pockets. Unfortunately, these pockets tend to collect additional bacteria, and thus increase the gum tissue infection as well as the patient’s chronic bad breath.
Our West Bloomfield gum disease dentists are here to help you get your smile back on track, even if you’re already dealing with serious gum disease. Please call our office to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation—there is hope!