In its earliest stages, bacterial infection of the gums may present as little more than red or slightly swollen gum tissue. This initial indication is typically followed by gums that bleed easily when brushing the teeth or eating crunchy foods. These first symptoms of gum disease may respond well to enhanced at-home care and a thorough professional cleaning. Depending on the progression of the infection, the Cincinnati periodontists at Hardin Advanced Dentistry may also prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash to augment your daily routine.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online or by calling our Mason, Ohio office at (513) 234-5531 today. We welcome patients from the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas, as well as those living in Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.
Gingivitis may have symptoms such as red and swollen gum tissue that bleeds when brushed, but as gum disease progresses, so too do its symptoms. When left untreated, initial gum disease symptoms may quickly advance to:
- A chronic bad taste in the mouth
- Bad breath that does not respond to brushing and flossing
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Pus in between teeth
- Gum tissue pulling away from tooth roots
At this stage, scaling and root planing is often the most effective treatment, though advanced laser treatments may be necessary as well. We strongly encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these issues. Untreated infection will continue to progress, ultimately resulting in periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the most advanced form of gum disease. At this stage, laser treatment or even surgical options may become necessary. Untreated periodontitis may result in:
- Tooth loss
- Jaw bone necrosis
- The release of bacteria into the bloodstream
Infections originating in the gums have been identified as risk factors for a host of serious and even fatal disease including heart disease, hypertension, various cancers, dementia, and kidney and liver failure. The only way to prevent systemic infection from gum disease is to treat the problem at its source. Please call our Mason, Ohio periodontists at (513) 234-5531 to schedule your treatment consultation and learn more today.