Knowing that you have gum disease is the first step to treating it. However, for many patients, the early signs of the condition don’t seem obvious, especially if they don’t know what those signs are. The good news is that, once you do know, treating the disease doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you seek treatment early. Today, we take a look at the dangers of allowing gum disease to progress, and how you can tell if you should visit your dentist for treatment.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is one of the most common chronic dental health issues (next to cavities), and its severe form is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. In its earliest stages, though, the condition is known as gingivitis, and it describes an infection in your gums that is caused by excessive oral bacteria. As gingivitis grows into more serious gum disease, it erodes the gum tissues and jawbone that support your teeth, which can eventually lead to tooth loss if not addressed.
The Telltale Symptoms of Gum Disease
As gingivitis settles into your gums, you may notice the tissues becoming red and inflamed. You might also notice some bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth, or taste it when you’re eating. These signs indicate that your gums have become infected, and that you should visit your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. If caught and treated early, gingivitis may be stopped before more serious gum disease develops and threatens the rest of your oral health.
Learn More About Gum Disease
If you notice signs of gum disease, then speak with your dentist soon about treating it to prevent serious damage to your gum tissues. To learn more about how to detect and treat gum disease, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.