Don’t let gum disease happen to you. Find out the telltale signs that something could be wrong.
Gum disease happens to more people than you might expect. You may just assume that your mouth is healthy because you aren’t noticing any symptoms. This can put people into a false sense of security and may even lead them to not come in regularly for cleanings and exams like they should. Our Melrose Park and Elk Grove Village, IL, dentist, Dr. Scott Szatkowski, is here to tell you what to be on the lookout for if you think you may have gum disease.
One of the first signs that something is wrong is tender, red or puffy gums. Gums may be particularly sore when flossing or brushing. When you floss you may even notice that your gums bleed rather easily. Bleeding gums are not normal and should be checked out by our Melrose Park and Elk Grove Village family dentist as soon as possible.
If you ignore these symptoms of gum disease hoping they just go away then you may also start to notice the gums pulling away from the teeth or teeth appearing longer than usual. If these issues are still not treated then teeth may become loose. Surprisingly enough, gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss. Before this happens to you, it’s a good idea to come in for treatment at the first signs of a problem.
Of course, not everyone with gum disease will experience symptoms. This is why routine dental visits are so very important. By coming in every six months (or once a year, at the very least) we can examine your mouth and be able to catch gum disease in its earliest stages when treatment is much simpler and less invasive.
In fact, gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) can be reversed when caught and properly treated before it turns into full-blown periodontal disease. When in doubt, give us a call and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing.
Dr. Szatkowski is proud to provide quality, comprehensive dentistry in both Elk Grove Village and Melrose Park, IL. Call our office today if you are noticing any changes to your gums that concern you.