Periodontal disease is generally a slow-moving infection that often has few noticeable symptoms until it has advanced and caused significant damage throughout the oral cavity. Advanced periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, loose or lost teeth and decreased bone density. Our Los Angeles dental implants specialist recommends that our patients become familiar with the symptoms, which can help them seek care earlier when the condition is at its most treatable stage and may even be reversible.
A Change in Your Gums
Your gums may appear red or swollen, they may bleed when teeth are brushed or flossed and they may feel tender or sensitive. In advanced cases, your gums may recede or pull away from your teeth, and there may be pockets of pus between them and your teeth.
A Change in Your Teeth
Your teeth may feel loose, and you may notice gaps or changes in the way they fit together. Your bite may shift, or your dentures may no longer fit comfortably.
Persistent bad breath or mouth sores can also indicate the presence of periodontal disease.
Pregnant women, people with diabetes and smokers may all be at an increased risk of periodontal disease. Your best prevention strategies include brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily and professional cleanings and exams at least twice a year. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, our dentist may recommend a deep cleaning procedure, and treatment options will vary based on the extent of the disease. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.