Yes it’s true! You could have gum disease without feeling any pain at all or even knowing you have it.
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is a condition that many pregnant women suffer from. In fact women that are pregnant have about a 50% chance of getting gingivitis during pregnancy which increases their likelihood of developing gum disease.
That being said, everyone is at risk of gum disease.
In this initial stage of the disease, the gums can become red, swollen and often bleed easily. And importantly, if good oral hygiene is adopted, it is usually still reversible by daily brushing and flossing. A good thorough clean of your teeth by your dentist or dental hygienist can also be a good idea as they are able to remove the buildup of stubborn plaque and tartar.
The more advanced stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis. At this latter stage, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. The teeth may then become loose, fall out or have to be removed by a dentist.
It’s therefore very important to look out for any early signs of gum disease. These signs include:
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
- Red, swollen or tender gums.
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away.
- Pus between your teeth and gums.
- Loose teeth.
- Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- Change in the fit of partial dentures.
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, please contact Dr. Kelli Slate at her Lakewood dental office by telephone (214) 821-8639 or schedule appointment.