The signs of gum disease depend on the stage of infection. When left untreated, gum disease progresses from a relatively minor inflammation of the gums to a widespread infection of the gums and their supporting structures. Our general dentistry services are meant to prevent, detect and treat gum disease. Possible signs of this infection include:
- Deep red gum color
- Swollen, tender gums
- Gums bleed easily
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may look red and swollen, and they may bleed easier than normal. This early stage of infection is often treatable with routine dental cleanings and by sticking to a good oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing.
Once the infection has progressed to its most advanced stage – periodontitis – the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming deep pockets. Your breath may be bad all the time, it may hurt to chew, and your teeth may feel loose. If the infection goes untreated, it can begin to break down the bone and connective tissue supporting your teeth.
The only way to know if you have gum disease is to be examined by our experienced dentist.
If you are concerned you may be experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Pamela Marzban, DDS, to schedule an exam with our experienced dentist near Fairfax, Fairfax Station and Burke.