By Richard G Mark DDS
June 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: gum disease  

Nearly half of the U.S. population has some form of periodontal (gum) disease, yet many people are unaware that they even have a gum-diseaseproblem! This is largely because the early signs of gum disease aren't dramatic, making them easy to overlook. Fortunately, your Independence, MO, dentist, Dr. Richard Mark, can spot the early signs of gum disease during your regular checkups and recommend the appropriate treatment options!


Brushing is a bloody experience

Bleeding after brushing is a major warning sign of gingivitis (i.e. the earliest, mildest stage of gum disease). If you have gingivitis, your gums may bleed easily, look a little puffy, and feel a bit sore. You may not actually see blood, but you will likely notice a coppery taste in your mouth, or notice that your toothbrush bristles are pink.


You're spending a lot on mouthwash and breath mints

Is your breath bad no matter how much mouthwash you use or how often you pop a breath mint in your mouth? If so, the problem could be an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth due to gum disease. It's never a good idea to ignore bad breath, as it can also be caused by certain medical diseases and conditions.


Your teeth look longer

Receding gum tissue, a common sign of gum disease, can make your teeth look a little longer. Treating gum disease can stop the recession. If you've lost a significant amount of tissue, you may benefit from gum grafts to restore the normal appearance of your gums.


Your mouth hurts

Red, swollen gums can cause eating and drinking to become painful experiences. If your receding gums expose your roots, you may experience sensitivity when you consume sugary, hot, or cold foods/drinks.


Your gums aren't firmly attached to your teeth

As periodontal disease progresses, your gums may pull away from your teeth, thus causing deep pockets to form. These cavities then provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can destroy gum tissue, bone, and ligaments.


Your teeth or dentures are loose

Severe gum disease can loosen teeth or change the way your dentures fit. Prompt treatment can help you avoid tooth loss. If you've already lost teeth, your Independence dentist can restore your missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implants.


Give us a call!

Have you noticed any of these changes in your gums? If so, call your Independence, MO, dentist, Dr. Richard Mark, at (816) 461-3660 to schedule your appointment!