Recognizing Gum Disease

Recognizing Gum DiseaseDid you know that advanced gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an incredibly common progressive condition. While it is incredibly common, it is also preventable. Keeping good oral hygiene at home through brushing and flossing along with routine visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams can help keep gum disease away from your smile. If you recognize these signs of gum disease in your own smile, it is important to talk to your dentist as soon as possible. Your dental team at Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, Texas can help you to manage and possibly reverse gum disease. 

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums do not always indicate gum disease. Situations like brushing too hard or flossing for the first time in awhile (or ever) can result in red or pink in the sink when you spit. However, if your gums are consistently bleeding during your hygiene routine, it is important to talk to your dentist.

Puffy, Red Gums

The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which literally means the inflammation of the gum tissue. If you notice that your gums are swollen and a darker color than usual, it could be a sign that they are irritated. Gingivitis occurs when plaque and bacteria build up along and under the gum line. The bacteria irritates the gums resulting in inflammation and discoloration. Gingivitis can sometimes be reversed through a professional cleaning and improved hygiene at home. If it is ignored, however, it can progress into the serious stages of gum disease.

Seeing More of Your Teeth

As gum disease is allowed to progress, it can cause your gums to pull away (recede) from your teeth. This gum recession can cause the roots of your teeth to become exposed. It can also create pockets for more bacteria to build up. It is at this stage of the disease, where you may begin to feel pain and tooth loss becomes more likely to occur.

Do you see signs of gum disease?

Dealing with gum disease early can help prevent serious issues. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.