Periodontal Disease Symptoms

in Birmingham, MI

Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is an infection of your gums. Periodontal disease symptoms can range from mild to severe depending upon the extent of the infection. The team at Owens DDS can treat gum disease and any associated oral health issues.


Periodontal Disease Symptoms

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Causes of periodontal disease

There are a number of health and lifestyle factors that contribute to periodontal disease. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Diabetes
  • Medications that cause dry mouth
  • Poor nutrition

Periodontal disease symptoms

Periodontal disease can be mild or more severe.

Gingivitis is how periodontal disease starts. If you have gingivitis, you may notice your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth. You may also have some discolored teeth.

Periodontal disease symptoms in the early stages include receding gums. As your gums pull away from your teeth, pockets form between your teeth and your gums. Bacteria then collect in these pockets. Your gums will probably bleed during brushing or flossing, and you may even have some bone loss.

If periodontal disease progresses further, your gums will recede further, and your teeth may start to become loose. The tissue that holds teeth in place may begin to decay. You may experience pain when chewing and severe bad breath.

Diagnosing periodontal disease

During a dental examination, your dentist will look at your gums for any signs of infection or inflammation. He or she will also take a medical history that will identify any risk factors for periodontal disease. The dentist may also use a probe to measure the size of tooth pockets.

You may also require an x-ray.

Periodontal Disease Symptoms

Treating periodontal disease

Treatment for periodontal disease focuses on removing and controlling the bacterial build-up on your gums and teeth. The exact treatment will depend upon the severity of the infection. Treatments can include:

  • Regular brushing and flossing
  • A professional dental cleaning
  • Antibiotics
  • Dental surgery (where the infection is quite severe)

Periodontal disease is a common but usually easily treated condition.

Surgery is often required for more serious cases of periodontal disease, where planing and scaling are not enough to address the problem. Your dentist will carefully remove debris from areas that are difficult to reach and reduce tooth pocket depth, so it is easier to keep your teeth clean when you brush.

Get the dental care you need at Dr. Scott J. Owens DDS by calling us today at 248-600-4521 for an appointment.


Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentists

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Phone: 248-626-0772
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32931 Middlebelt Rd. Suite #608
Farmington Hills, MI 48334