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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Are the problems you are experiencing early warning signs of gum disease?periodontal disease

With more than half of the adult population in the US dealing with some degree of gum disease, it’s important that you know the warning signs that something might be wrong. Gum disease can happen to anyone, and our Oakville, MO, family dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, is here to tell you some of the telltale signs that your gums might be in trouble.

Do your gums bleed?

If your gums are healthy they shouldn’t bleed. Of course, if you just decided to finally pick up the floss and start flossing again then you may notice some bleeding in the very beginning. This is because bacteria have been allowed to thrive below the gumline. If the bleeding persists even after you’ve been flossing regularly for a week, or if the bleeding gets worse, then it’s time to make an appointment with our Oakville general dentist.

Are your gums swollen?

If you are dealing with bleeding gums when you floss then you may also notice areas where gums might be puffy, swollen or even tender to the touch. While you may think these symptoms mean that you should take a night off from flossing, it’s important that you still floss to prevent bacteria from causing gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Often times you may notice that the areas that are swollen are also the areas that bleed more often when flossing or brushing.

Do your teeth look longer?

If you start to see that your smile is looking a bit longer these days, your eyes may not be playing tricks on you. In fact, your gums may actually be receding or pulling away from your teeth. If this occurs it’s important that you seek care right away, as this is a telltale sign that gum disease is getting worse. Remember, gum disease won’t go away once it’s transitioned from gingivitis to full-blown gum disease; however, symptoms can easily be managed to prevent tooth loss and other complications.

If you suspect that you might have gum disease it’s important that you turn to Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, right away for the care you deserve. The sooner we detect gum disease the better. Call our office today.

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