Do I Have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is often not painful and causes no symptoms, especially in its early stages. Most patients only learn about their condition when informed by their dentist. As the disease progresses, however, a patient may experience the following symptoms:

Tooth Mobility

Teeth may feel loose when chewing or speaking, or may even start to shift.

Bad Breath

Infections of the gums can cause bad breath – which can be a sign of more complex problems.

Bleeding Gums

Gums may be red, swollen, tender, receding or even detached. It is not normal for healthy gums to bleed during brushing and flossing.

Bone Loss

In advanced stages, bone around the teeth may be lost and the disease may spread to surrounding teeth.

Are there risk factors that elevate my chances of periodontal disease?

The primary cause of periodontal disease is the build up of bacterial plaque that accumulates around the teeth and gums. However, there are other factors that may contribute to the development or progression of gum disease, including:

  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Harmful biting forces
  • Decayed teeth
  • Medications
  • Diabetes
  • Overall physical health

What if I have been diagnosed with gum disease?

If you have recently been diagnosed with gum disease, please do not delay seeking treatment with us. Early treatment could mean all the difference in saving your teeth. Dr. Alger will perform an intraoral examination and evaluate your dental x-rays. Afterwards, he will discuss his findings with you and present your treatment options to you.