What Are the Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

Gum disease or periodontitis can lead to devastating outcomes. Dr. Skopp explains periodontitis in detail, including the warning signs and what you can do to protect your mouth against this debilitating disorder.

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Periodontitis is an infection of the tissues that keep teeth firmly in place. Smoking is the biggest culprit that leads to gum disease and it lowers the chances of successful treatment as well. 

Gum disease commonly results from inadequate teeth brushing and flossing also, since poor oral care permits a tacky film of bacteria called plaque to accumulate on the teeth and then solidify. Additional risk factors include hormonal changes in females, genetic propensity, and particular illnesses like diabetes or AIDS and their medications.

Early warning signs of periodontitis are swollen, red, and bleeding gums. If ignored, the disease can travel to the bones around the gums, causing pain when chewing. In extreme cases, teeth may become loose and/or must be extracted. Recurring bad breath is another red flag as well.

The only method that can remove tartar is a professional cleaning performed by a dentist or dental hygienist. During a dental visit, the dentist or hygienist will inspect your gums and look for inflammation and measure pockets around the teeth. Deeper pockets can be an indicator that periodontal disease is present. An X-ray has the capability of detecting bone resulting from gum disease. Sometimes patients are referred to a periodontist if more extensive treatments are needed that go beyond the scope of general dentistry.

You can help to keep your gums and teeth in great shape by following an effective oral health routine. If you are a smoker, it is crucial to quit now! Aside from doing your mouth a significant favor, you will reap a host of other invaluable health benefits. Furthermore, be sure to brush your teeth thoroughly twice per day, floss daily to remove plaque in between teeth, and be diligent about seeing your dentist for preventive checkups and cleanings.

Dr. Skopp is a trusted dentist among patients due to his professionalism, expertise, welcoming personality, and friendly staff. The office is contemporary and Dr. Skopp is well-versed in a wide spectrum of dental services that range from routine exams and teeth cleanings to necessary treatments and elective cosmetic enhancements. Our renowned establishment is located at 2040 Forest Avenue in Staten Island, NY, and you may call us at (718) 982-5230 to arrange an appointment. Thank you for your interest in our prestigious dental practice.

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