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Saint Louis Dentist Explains The Symptoms of Gum Disease, And How Gum Disease Progresses

If you’d ask a dental patient what the number one dental problem they’re trying to avoid, they’d most likely say that they want to avoid dental cavities. While this is an important component of keeping a healthy mouth, sometimes patients prioritize preventing cavities at the expense of keeping healthy gums. The truth is that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adult patients, so it’s critically important that you keep your gums healthy and look out for the common signs of gum disease.

Our Saint Louis dentists are committed to helping patients maintain healthy teeth and gums, so today I’m going to go over some important information about gum disease. When you’re finished with today’s article, you should be able to recognize some common symptoms of gum disease, and articulate any dental problems you’re having to your dentist.

Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the gum tissue. If left untreated, this infection can spread to the connective tissues in the mouth as well as the bone. The goal, of course is to diagnose and treat gum disease before it reaches this destructive level.

In the first stages of gum disease---called gingivitis—you may notice that your gums are feeling swollen, looking red, and prone to bleeding when you brush your teeth.  Once gum disease progresses to the second phase, called periodontitis, your teeth may begin to feel loss in your mouth, even shifting along the gumline. Additionally, you may find that you’re experiencing gum recession and bone deterioration. With both stages of gum disease you may notice that you’re suffering from persistent bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth.

If you notice any of these signs and symptoms of gum disease alert your dentist right away. With efficient treatment you can prevent tooth loss and regain your dental health. Give our Saint Louis dental office a call for more information or to schedule an appointment to evaluate your gum health.  

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