How can I tell if I have gum disease? It’s tricky. It can arrive painlessly and without apparent symptoms, one of the reasons we encourage regular exams. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, don’t wait for your recare appointment to see us…
Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating
Gums that are shrinking or pulling away from your teeth
Persistent bad breath
Is it ever too late for treatment? No, and please don’t avoid treatment because you are embarrassed. There are many excellent techniques we can use to bring the gum disease under control. Otherwise, you could lose teeth, supporting jawbone and ligaments that will affect your appearance, speech, and ability to eat.
Is it hereditary? Yes, some people can be up to six times more susceptible, but gum disease can also be transmitted in families through kissing, blowing on food and sharing food or utensils. Anyone can be especially vulnerable at certain stages of life: adolescence, pregnancy and mid-life, at the onset of diabetes or other inflammatory disease and during times of stress.
Is it avoidable? Yes, with regular home care and hygiene visits at our practice, you can prevent, treat and sometimes reverse gum disease.