Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in people. The disease progresses in its own pace, very slow and it may course through in different degrees and intensities. Gum disease flows in two phases: the reversible and the irreversible. Any attempts to revert the condition of the disease can come at any point but if you wish to achieve better success, it is best to address it in its early stages. If conditions have to be restored, treatments have to be forwarded when there is a higher chance for success.
If you want to avoid the need for a dental bridge that replaces lost teeth, you will have to treat gum disease on it stage when it is still treatable. Your dentist will need to address gum disease conditions when they are still on the early onset, so that success could be guaranteed.
The following are the common signs and symptoms of the disease. Taking note of these will help alarm you of the condition, so that you could immediately seek a periodontal specialist right away.
- Plaque accumulation. Plaque accumulates on a daily basis. It forms from the combination of carbohydrates, saliva and bacteria —- and ideally, it should be removed through your oral hygiene practices. When this fails, plaque accumulates and calcifies. It hardens and settles in the sulcus between the gums and teeth, leading to gum disease.
- Bleeding gums. When the gums become irritated by the accumulated plaque, they will suffocate and start to bleed. The gums are soft tissue and within them are periodontal fibers that get severed due to the presence of plaque. Disrupting the health of the soft tissue will lead to bleeding in various degrees that will only go away when the mouth is cleaned thoroughly.
- Swollen gums. At health, the gums appear in a characteristic manner. They are coral pink, there are stipplings that give it an orange-peel appearance, and they have a scalloping edge that is firm and sharp. When the gums are diseased and infected, they will be swollen and rounded off. They will be flabby and they will form pocketing around the teeth.
- Pus formation. In an effort to combat the presence of bacteria, the body will form pus. Pus can collect within the sulcus and give the mouth a very foul odor.
Are you suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above? If you are, then it is time you seek your dentist.