How can I tell if I have gum disease?
Frequent dental check-ups and examinations are vital to maintaining your oral health. Regular brushing and flossing at home in-between dental visits are just as crucial in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. However, even with proper and diligent oral care, some patients can still get gum disease—without even knowing it. Gum disease is often asymptotic, meaning that symptoms are mild or non-existent.
The only way North Tampa patients can truly know if they have gum disease is after Dr. Bellegarrigue has examined their teeth and gums for signs of infection. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth and bone loss.
While gum disease may not be apparent to Carrollwood, FL patients, there are a few signs that can indicate infection, such as:
- Longer-looking teeth due to receding gums
- Bleeding or swollen gums, especially when brushing and flossing
- Constant bad breath even after brushing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
If you notice any of these signs, call North Tampa Dentistry immediately. When caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and monitored. Left untreated, gum disease will require dental intervention and even surgery.
It's easy to prevent catching gum disease with regular dental check-ups and cleanings. If it's been a while since your last dental visit, give us a call today to visit Dr. Bellegarrigue at our 33618 dental office. Together, we can get your oral health back on track and keep it there.