Signs You Have Periodontal Disease

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Like many diseases that form in our bodies, gum disease begins silently and without obvious symptoms. When symptoms do emerge, it often means that the disease is well underway. Some symptoms may not appear until at an advanced stage. However, any warning signs of gum disease should prompt you to seek immediate treatment. Gum disease will only worsen, and eventually result in tooth loss without treatment.

Signs of periodontal disease include:
Red, swollen or tender gums
Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or when chewing rigorously
Sores in your mouth
Persistent bad breath
Receded gums that reveal darker areas of teeth or that cause teeth to look longer
Loose or separating teeth
Pus between your gums and teeth
A change in your bite when teeth are together
A change in how partial dentures fit

The web site of the American Academy of Periodontology offers an online risk assessment test. This will help you gauge your at-risk level for having or developing gum disease. Visit: to take the test or call our office at (828) 274-9440 to schedule a consultation and exam.

Remember, periodontal disease is the nation’s leading cause of tooth loss. Act now to avoid further damage to your smile.

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