Maybe—but maybe not. One of the problematic things about gum disease is that it often occurs without any symptoms at all. So the only way to know for sure that your gums are healthy is to visit your dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings.
When you come to German Church Road Family Dental in Indianapolis, IN, twice each year, periodontal disease screening is part of your routine checkup. Dr. Dane Uhl will check the health of your gums to ensure this insidious disease has not taken hold in your mouth.
Signs of Gum Disease
As mentioned, often gum disease is present, and people are unaware they have it. The earliest sign can be bleeding gums after brushing and flossing. Once the condition has become more advanced, symptoms can include the following:
- Persistent bad breath you can’t seem to get rid of
- Red, swollen gums
- Pus formations around the gum line
- Pockets around the gums
- Gum recession
In its latest stages, the teeth can take on a longer appearance as the gums have become dangerously receded. Soon after, teeth will probably start becoming loose. Ultimately tooth loss occurs.
Managing Periodontal Disease
Once gum disease has taken hold, the best that can be expected is to control the condition, so you don’t lose your teeth. This usually involves more frequently deep cleanings at the dentist office—three or four times a year rather than the typical every six months schedule. If you don’t get treatment for gum disease, you will start losing teeth.
Make Sure Your Gums Are Healthy
You can’t have healthy teeth without healthy gums, so even if you don’t have any signs of periodontal disease, come to our Indianapolis, IN dental office for your regularly scheduled six-month checkups. Preventing gum disease is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. Call us today to make a dental appointment!