Gum disease is particularly common in the U.S., yet many people don't even realize that they have it. Fortunately, your Mill Creek, WA, dentist, Dr. Roger Flake, can offer effective treatments if you experience any of these gum disease signs and symptoms.
Red, bleeding gums
Does your toothbrush look pink after your brush, or do you notice blood on used dental floss? You may have gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Improving your oral hygiene and visiting the Mill Creek dental office for a thorough cleaning or a deep cleaning may be all you need to do to reverse the disease at this point.
If your teeth look longer than usual or you can see your tooth roots, your gums have begun to recede. Gum recession is a sign of gum disease and must be treated as soon as possible. If the recession is severe, you may need gum grafts to replace the damaged tissue.
Sensitivity to certain foods
When receding gums expose your sensitive root, you may notice pain in your teeth after you eat or drink foods or beverages that are hot or cold or contain sugar. Pain may last for as long as 30 minutes.
Everyone has bad breath occasionally, particularly after enjoying a plate of garlicky pasta or snacking on an onion-laden hot dog at a summer picnic. Unfortunately, bad breath can be a constant problem no matter what you eat or how frequently you use mouthwash if you have gum disease.
As the disease worsens, you may notice pain in your gums. Chewing may be particularly uncomfortable.
Deep pockets form around the teeth when the gums pull away due to gum disease. These unsightly, foul-smelling pockets contain a collection of bacteria and debris. Surgery may be needed to clean and close the pockets. Bone or tissue grafts and tooth restoration may also be necessary to restore your smile.
Change in denture fit
Gum disease can still affect you even if you no longer have any natural teeth. A change in denture fit can be caused by gum disease.
Don't let gum disease ruin your smile. Keep gum disease away with good oral hygiene and regular checkups. Call your dentist in Mill Creek, WA, Dr. Flake, at (425) 338-2966 to make an appointment.