Whether you know it as periodontal disease or gum disease, this widespread oral health condition is one that demands serious attention. Numerous medical studies have shown that a link exists between periodontal disease and health problems in the rest of the body. A short list of these health problems includes heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.
Not all forms of periodontal disease are the same, though. For some patients, treating gum disease might be as simple as spending more time brushing and flossing. For others, more rigorous forms of periodontal therapy may be required.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Diagnosing periodontal disease yourself can be difficult and is not advised, as not every patient has the recognizable symptoms. That’s why regular visits with Dr. Vu and Dr. Madej are so important. During a regular checkup, our doctors will complete a thorough exam of your teeth and gums to check for signs of periodontal disease. The video below explains how Dr. Vu and Dr. Madej diagnose periodontal disease in cases where there are no discernible symptoms. In other cases, the symptoms may be more obvious.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
- Bleeding gums
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
Periodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. That’s because the bacteria associated with plaque buildup destroys bone tissue, making teeth more vulnerable.
If you recognize any of these symptoms, don’t wait to seek treatment. Using some of today’s best tools and techniques, Dr. Vu and Dr. Madej will you help diagnose and treat your periodontal disease so that you can improve your confidence in your oral health.