|You may not realize that persistent swollen, red or bleeding gums, tooth
sensitivity, and bad breath are warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease -- a serious
infection that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.
Other symptoms also can help to
determine if you have periodontal disease -- jot your answers to the following questions
to find out!
- Do you ever have pain in your mouth?
- Do your gums ever bleed?
- When you brush your teeth?
- When you eat hard food?
- Have you noticed any spaces developing between your teeth, esp. your front teeth?
- Do your gums ever feel tender or look swollen?
- Have you noticed if your gums have pulled back from your teeth?
- Are your gums receding?
- Do your teeth appear longer?
- Do you have persistent bad breath even after brushing and using mouth wash?
- Have you noticed pus (whitish fluid) between your teeth and gums?
- Do you notice the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
- Have you noticed any change?
- Do you ever develop sores in your mouth?
Don't let periodontal disease take away your smile. If you answered yes to any of these
questions, get a periodontal evaluation right away
-- and help save your natural teeth!
If you've already lost a tooth to periodontal disease, you may be interested in dental implants --the permanent tooth replacement option.