Have you been noticing that your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Or that they seem more swollen and tender? While many people pass these symptoms off as normal, they are most likely signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Even if your mouth appears healthy, knowing the common symptoms of gum disease can help prevent the condition from developing or worsening. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is an expert in gum disease treatment. She encourages patients to be aware of the signs of gum disease and to be proactive about scheduling routine appointments.
Watch for these 3 common symptoms of gum disease:
- Tender, swollen gums
Healthy gums lay flat against your teeth, with a natural hue ranging from pink to dark purple. If bacterial plaque isn’t properly removed from the teeth, the irritated gums will start to appear red and swollen. You may also experience gum tenderness and even tooth sensitivity.
- Bleeding gums
Gum tissue irritated by the bacteria from plaque buildup will also bleed easily during brushing and flossing. This is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Luckily, if caught early, this stage can be stopped so it does not progress and harm your smile.
- Receding gums
Gum recession is another sign that gum disease may be present. If bacteria are infecting the gums, they will begin pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets that can easily trap more harmful bacteria.
Think you may have gum disease?
Dr. Anderson specializes in diagnosing and treating gum disease. With years of training, specialized experience, and her masters degree in the field, Dr. Anderson can help treat your symptoms and restore health to your gums and smile. A proponent of minimally invasive treatment, Dr. Anderson uses advanced technologies like the BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ dental lasers to provide predictable and safe treatment. Using these protocols, you can expect a superior level of care, a comfortable procedure, and a quick recovery.
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