Periodontal Disease: What are the symptoms?

by on September 7, 2017
Posted in Blog

Some of the symptoms of periodontal, or gum disease are: gums that bleed during tooth brushing and/or flossing, red and swollen gums that may be tender, bad breath that won’t go away or a bad taste in the mouth, receding gums, deep pockets between teeth and gums, and loose or shifting teeth.  In early periodontitis, most people only notice light bleeding during flossing.

If you have some of these symptoms or are concerned that you may have periodontal disease come in and see us! Our hygienists can check everything and make sure you are as healthy as can be!


you might ask yourself this question, here’s what our hygienists say..

Periodontitis is not associated with getting older, as it can also affect younger patients.  Gingivitis is a predecessor to periodontitis.  Periodontal infections usually start with less than optimal plaque control at home, but it is true that some people develop the infection much more easily than others.  Some things that can contribute to periodontal disease are: diabetes, smoking, hormonal changes, high levels of stress, and genetic predisposition (or bacteria introduced by caretaker).  If a patient is smoking, it is highly recommended to quit, and diabetes must be well controlled since diabetes and periodontitis both affect each other negatively.