Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is an unpleasant overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. Not everyone experiences pain and discomfort right away, but there are a few other warning signs as well, including:
- Swollen, puffy, or inflamed gums
- Red, purplish, or bleeding gums
- Receding gums, or gums that pull away from your teeth
- Loose or wiggly teeth
- Irritation in your teeth or gums while chewing
- Gums that feel tender or bleed easily
- Continuous bad breath
If you experience any of these symptoms, call your dental team right away. Without gum disease treatment, you could face tooth loss or permanent tissue loss. Additionally, the overgrowth of bacteria in your gums could spread through your veins, causing other permanent issues.
The Complications of Gum Disease
Studies show that the negative effects of gum disease don’t stop with your smile. In fact, there is a link to osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and arthritis. Both bacteria and inflammation spread through the blood vessels to connect to other parts of your body.
One of the biggest concerns of gum disease is the link to heart disease. Research has not yet determined whether this stems from bacterial overgrowth or general inflammation.
Additionally, research suggests there could be other issues. One such case is osteoporosis in your jaw and throughout your body. In other patients, we’ve seen respiratory disease, such as pneumonia, traveling to the lungs. If you experience symptoms, the best thing you can do is see your dental team to seek treatment immediately.
Perio Protect for Gum Disease Treatment
The first step to protect against gum disease is prevention. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist every six months will prevent it in most of our patients.
However, some people experience more bacteria in their mouths than others. Even with deep cleanings at our office, we can’t remove all of the bacteria. For these patients, we use Perio Protect. Perio Protect is a treatment that uses trays to deliver treatment to the deepest corners of your smile. With this treatment method, you can reach the nooks and crannies in your teeth without seeing a dentist every day.
At Marlen Elite Dental Wellness, we love Perio Protect because it’s minimally invasive yet highly effective. Instead of resorting to surgery, we can offer comfortable, snugly-fit trays that deliver treatment easily.
Your Periodontics Specialist in River Edge
If your smile is causing pain or discomfort, you should seek out professional dental care. When you visit us at Marlen Elite Dental Wellness, we’ll make sure your smile both looks and feels amazing. Whether your discomfort stems from dental decay or gum disease, Dr. Martirossian will help you get back on track.