Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. Gum disease ranges from gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the bone and soft tissue that support the teeth. In the severe cases, teeth are lost. Dr. Joseph Zeigler and Dr. Nina Zeigler are some of the top dentists in St. Louis, MO. Here are the warning signs of gum disease.
#1- Bad Breath- Chronic bad breath may be a sign that you have gum disease. If you have chronic bad breath, see your dentist. Finding out what's causing your bad breath puts you one step closer to getting rid of it. If your gums are the culprits, breath mints won't help -- they are just temporarily covering up the problem.
#2- Receding Gums- Receding gums is a sign that you may have periodontal disease. Receding gums is a condition in which the gums have pulled away from the teeth. Periodontal disease is the main cause of gum recession. If your gums are receding, make an appointment with your dentist.
#3- Red Gums- Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. It causes the gums to become purple or bright red. Periodontal disease results from an infection that causes swelling. This inflammation process causes discoloration of the gums.
#4- Bleeding Gums- If your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth, you may have periodontal disease. That bit of blood in your sink is something you shouldn't ignore. Bleeding gums are never normal. The best way to find out what is causing your gums to bleed is to see your St. Louis, MO, dentist.
#5- Swollen Gums- Gum inflammation may be a sign that you have gum disease. In gingivitis, the gums become inflamed and swollen. For many people with gum disease, this inflammation is not painful. If the cause of your gum inflammation is periodontal disease, good dental hygiene is the first step to recovery.
Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on your mouth. Gum disease can erode your jawbone, destroy your gums and lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is also linked to many health problems in other parts of the body. Say goodbye to gum disease for good! Call our dental office at 314-872-7590 to schedule a dental consultation in St. Louis, MO.