Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Posted on 7/21/2017 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
|How healthy are your gums? Early symptoms of periodontal disease can be subtle. If you don't recognize the symptoms and take steps to periodontal disease, reverse the disease, you may increase your risk of tooth loss and bone damage. Our Stony Point, Rockland County and Pomona, NY, area dentist, Dr. Michael Bleyzer, shares periodontal disease signs and symptoms and discusses non-invasive treatments.
How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?
The symptom of gingivitis, the earliest stage of the disease, are often mild. You may notice that your gums look a little red and bleed sometimes when you brush or floss. Neither of these symptoms should occur if you have healthy gums. Luckily, it's often possible to reverse gingivitis symptoms simply by improving your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing daily will remove plaque before it can turn into tartar, a hard deposit that irritates the gums. Regular dental cleanings in our Stony Point, Rockland County and Pomona area office will get rid of tartar if it does form on your teeth.
If the disease progresses, it may be difficult to keep your breath fresh, no matter how often your brush, use mouthwash or pop in a mint in your mouth. When you look in the mirror, you may notice that your gums have begun to recede. If the disease become severe, your gums may form infected pockets around your teeth. You'll notice that your gums are no longer firmly attached to your teeth if you have pockets.
Not surprisingly, pain worsens as the disease progresses. Chewing can become painful, particularly if you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. Exposure to hot and cold temperatures can send shooting pains through your mouth if your roots are exposed due to receding gums. If your disease isn't treated, your teeth may eventually loosen and fall out. If you wear dentures, they may no longer fit well.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Although surgery may be needed if you have severe periodontal disease, non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing may be helpful. During the treatment, tartar is scraped off teeth above and below the gum line. Once the tartar is removed, your gums can begin to heal.
If you have pockets, you may benefit from Arestin, an antibiotic that helps decrease the size of pockets. Arestin is applied directly to your gums and is often used after scaling and root planing.
Non-invasive surgical treatments can help restore your gum health. If you have any symptoms of periodontal disease, call Stony Point, Rockland County and Pomona, NY, area dentist, Dr. Bleyzer, at (845) 429-8060 to schedule an appointment.