Often, the first signs of gum disease are red, swollen, or bleeding gums. These first signs can usually be treated by improving your dental hygiene routine, increasing the amount you floss, and using mild periodontal treatments such as prescription mouthwash. However, the ease of treating gum disease in its earliest stages should not be seen as an excuse for putting off treatment. Untreated gum disease can quickly get worse, resulting in serious oral and systemic health problems.
Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease, but left untreated it can progress into advanced gum disease and periodontitis. Signs of more severe gum disease include:
- Receding gums or gums pulling away from teeth
- Loose teeth
- Pockets of pus in between teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth that will not go away
If periodontitis remains untreated, you may face tooth loss and permanent jawbone damage. Worse still, many studies have found a link between periodontitis and systemic issues including heart disease and hypertension.
If you are noticing any of the signs of gum disease, please contact Desert Smiles today. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in the Phoenix, Arizona area.