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Though it takes a board-certified dentist to properly diagnose periodontal disease, there are signs and symptoms that you should be aware of so that you can visit a dentist for a proper exam. The symptoms of gingivitis are simply red or swollen gums that bleed during brushing or flossing, so these symptoms should be treated seriously to prevent the disease from progressing.

Not all forms of periodontal disease cause symptoms, which is why regular exams are important. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical treatment right away.

  • Signs of gingivitis: red, swollen, tender gums
  • Bleeding in the gums during or after brushing, flossing, or chewing
  • Unprovoked bleeding of the gums
  • Painful gums or teeth
  • Pain while brushing, flossing, or chewing
  • Receding gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Constant bad breath (halitosis)
  • Persistent bad taste in the mouth, often metallic
  • Visible pockets between the teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that fall out
  • Noticeable changes in your bite.

If you suspect you have periodontal disease, the staff here at Time to Smile will evaluate your entire mouth by checking for tenderness, bleeding, swelling, receding gums, and pockets. He will also check your teeth for signs of looseness that you may or may not have noticed. The finally process in the evaluation is to take an x-ray to check the state of your jawbone and the roots of your teeth.

If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, the staff at Time to Smile will discuss with you your options for treatment, which can be as simple as mouthwash or antibiotics or as serious as gum surgery, depending on the severity of your case.

The staff here at Time to Smile will be happy to evaluate your dental health and provide a diagnosis for periodontal disease or any other condition you may have.

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