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How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

It is often difficult for a patient to know if they have gum disease in the early stages of development. Gingivitis does have a few common symptoms, but most patients do not know they have it until we perform a dental exam and can see the warning signs. This is why regular dental care visits are so important– they can help you avoid bigger dental problems down the road. We screen for decay and gum disease as well as other dental problems during every routine dental exam. A dental cleaning performed in our Charlotte dentist office will remove plaque in those hard-to-reach spots and significantly minimize your risk for decay and infection.

Early Signs of Gum Disease

There are several early signs that there is a developing infection in the gums. If you notice any changes in the appearance or comfort of your gums it is important to contact us and schedule a visit. The earlier we treat gum disease the more conservative we can be.

  • Gums that bleed: if your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth, floss, or even when biting into hard foods, this is often a signal that something is wrong.
  • Bad breath: have you noticed that lately your breath seems off? Has anyone mentioned you have bad breath? Halitosis can indicate that there is bacteria in the mouth, the underlying cause of gum disease.
  • Changes in the appearance of the gums: do your gums appear to be receding? Do they look like they are pulling away from the bottom of your teeth? Once you can see changes in the appearance of the gums, more advanced gum disease may be present. Prompt dental care can minimize damage.

It is important to realize that gum disease is progressive and unlikely to “go away” on its own. Dr. Moore will work with you to resolve your symptoms, restore gum health and minimize future risk. Taking the time to discuss your medical history and lifestyle habits, he will offer personalized treatment and advice.

If you are concerned about the health of your gums we welcome you to contact our Charlotte dentist office and schedule a dental appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and meeting your oral health needs.