Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection that can lead to a myriad of dental health problems, including bad breath, oral tissue recession, and tooth loss. Gum disease is the result of plaque and tarter buildup along the gum line and in-between the teeth. The infection develops due to the presence of acid-producing bacteria that eat away at the tooth enamel and oral tissue.
The best way to treat gum disease is to catch it early and undergo laser gum therapy as soon as possible, so look below for a list of the warning signs of gum disease:
- Bloody Oral Tissues
If you notice blood when rinsing after brushing or flossing your teeth, bacteria has most likely begun to invade your gums. This symptom is a common result of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, so be sure to contact your dentist whenever you encounter bleeding gums.
- Chronic Bad Breath
Persistent bad breath is another common sign of early gum disease. As infection invades your gums, the oral tissues begin to deteriorate. You’ll know that bad breath is the result of infection rather than smelly food when it doesn’t dissipate with routine brushing, flossing, or rinsing.
- Receding Gums
Receding gums are a sign that gum disease has gone untreated for too long. As periodontal disease continues to worsen, your teeth will become loose and eventually fall out. Fortunately, soft oral tissues can grow back as long as you eliminate the underlying infection, so see your dentist before your gums recede any further.
If you have noticed persistent bad breath or bloody, inflamed gums, call Colorado Advanced Dentistry. For over 30 years, we have been providing comprehensive dental care using advanced dental technology and modern techniques. Find out how we can painlessly and effectively treat your gum disease symptoms by calling us at (720) 420-1103.