Learn about gum disease from your Midtown Manhattan dentist.
Early detection and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease can help you avoid the painful effects of this common disease. Our Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist, Dr. Brandon Huang of New York Dental Studio, shares a few gum disease signs you should never ignore.
Most of us would be understandably concerned if our scalps bled when we brushed our hair. Unfortunately, too many people accept bleeding gums as a normal part of the toothbrushing experience. Bleeding is a warning sign that may mean that you have gingivitis, the mildest phase of gum disease. If you ignore this symptom, the disease may soon progress to the more severe, damaging form of the disease. Luckily, it's easy to treat gingivitis with a dental cleaning or deep cleaning and improved oral hygiene.
Everyone has bad breath from time. Breath odor is common when you first wake up or your mouth is dry, or if you've eaten stinky foods, like onions or salami. When bad breath becomes a constant problem, periodontal disease may be the cause.
Swollen or receding gums
Healthy gums are pink and firmly attached to your teeth. If your gums are red, swollen, covered in pus or have begun to recede, you may have periodontal disease.
Not surprisingly, swollen, bleeding gums tend to be painful. If you experience pain when you chew or press on your gums, call our Midtown Manhattan office to schedule an appointment.
Severe gum disease can loosen teeth and eventually cause them to fall out. Loose teeth are never normal if you're an adult.
As periodontal disease progresses, the gums pull away from your teeth and form open spaces called pockets. Pockets provide the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Bacteria not only destroys gum tissue, but may also damage your jawbone and the ligaments that help hold your teeth in place. Fortunately, several effective treatments can be used to reduce the pockets, clear your infection and restore your gum tissue.
Prompt treatment is essential if you have any of these gum disease signs. If you're concerned about the health of your gums, call Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist, Dr. Huang of New York Dental Studio, at (212) 588-1809 to schedule an appointment.