How Do I Know if I Have a Problem with
Gum Disease

By Catherine M. Fascilla, D.D.S.

Periodontal (gum) disease often develops silently, with no warning signs. That’s why it’s important to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can check your teeth and gums and take x-rays, if necessary, to diagnose possible problems.

It’s important that you be aware of the “eight silent signs” that may be symptoms of periodontal disease:

  1. Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
  2. Red, swollen or tender gums.
  3. Gums that have pulled away from your teeth.
  4. Puss that appears between your teeth and gums when the gums are pressed.
  5. Teeth that are becoming loose or that are changing position.
  6. Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
  7. Any change in the way your partial dentures fit.
  8. Persistent bad breath or bad taste.

Please call your dentist for an appointment if you’ve noticed any of these changes. To remove plaque, you should brush twice daily and clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners. Regular dental visits and professional cleanings are essential.

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