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Laura Gramse, RDH, DMD
2194 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, MA 01129
(413) 783-6907

Signs You May Need Periodontal Treatment

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Periodontal disease can threaten the health of your teeth and gums. Fortunately, the disease can be effectively treated if you receive periodontal diseasetreatment as soon as you notice signs of a problem. Our Springfield, MA, dentist, Dr. Laura Gramse, discusses common signs of periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is more commonly called gum disease. If untreated, the disease can damage your gums, jawbone and the ligaments that help keep your teeth firmly in place. Failing to remove plaque, a sticky film that contains bacteria, from your teeth can cause gingivitis, the earliest phase of gum disease. The bacteria irritates sensitive gum tissues, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

Tartar, a hard deposit that form if you don't regularly remove plaque from your teeth, can worsen the disease. Because tartar can only be removed with special dental instruments, regular visits to our Springfield office offer an excellent way to reduce your periodontal disease risk.

How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?

Because the early symptoms of periodontal disease are mild, they're easy to overlook. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to schedule an appointment with our office:

  • Red, Painful Gums: Plaque and tartar are very irritating to the gums. If you don't brush and floss thoroughly, these substances can cause the gums to become red, swollen and painful. Bleeding is common when brushing your teeth if you have gingivitis. Pain may be particularly noticeable when you chew or brush or floss your teeth. If your infection is severe, you may notice pus on your gums.
  • Bad Breath: Bad breath may be a sign that you have gingivitis or a more severe form of periodontal disease. Although everyone has bad breath occasionally, gum disease may be the cause if brushing, flossing or using mouthwash doesn't improve your breath.
  • Loose Teeth: Damage to the ligaments, gums and jawbone can cause your teeth to loosen and fall out. Gum disease can also affect the fit of dentures.
  • Receding Gums and Pockets: Your gums may begin to recede, or you may develop pockets, deep spaces that form when your gums pull away from your teeth, if you have gum disease. Any changes to your gums should be evaluated as soon as possible.

The sooner you receive treatment for periodontal disease, the less likely you'll have to deal with the unpleasant consequences of the disease. Call our Springfield, MA, dentist, Dr. Gramse, at (413) 783-6907 to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms.