When left untreated, gum disease can lead to a variety of unpleasant developments in your mouth. You may start to have chronic bad breath, your teeth may start falling out, and basic necessities like eating can quickly become a painful chore. Learn to recognize gingivitis in its early stages, and you improve your chances of treating the disease before you suffer too much.
The early symptoms of gum disease may include:
- Gums that are red and swollen
- Gums that are painful to the touch
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath even after you've brushed, flossed, and used mouthwash
- Painful sensations when chewing
Set up an appointment with a dentist immediately if you have begun to experience any of these symptoms. If you fail to treat them, the symptoms will grow worse and spread throughout your mouth, harming your long-term dental health. This is when you know the gingivitis is transforming into the much more threatening periodontitis.
- You may have periodontitis if:
- Your gums are constantly swollen and frequently bleeding.
- Your bad breath has become chronic and draws comment from others.
- Your teeth are loosening in your mouth.
- Your teeth have become sensitive to the touch.
- Teeth are moving in your mouth, creating gaps and changes in your bite.
Don't let your gums continue to rot once you've noticed the infection! Contact the dental practice of Dr. Pam Marzban at 703-323-8200 to set up an exam and cleaning. Our team has the experience and skill to fight back against your periodontal disease. Dr. Marzban works with patients in Burke, Fairfax, and throughout Virginia and Washington D.C.