How Can I Tell If I Have Gum Disease?

It’s tricky. Gum disease can arrive painlessly and without apparent symptoms, one of the reasons we encourage regular exams. However, if you experience any of these common 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 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 diseases, and during times of stress.

Is It Avoidable?

Yes, with regular home care and hygiene visits to our practice, you can prevent, treat, and sometimes even reverse gum disease.