Common Signs of Gum Disease
According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), nearly three out of four Americans suffer from some type of gum disease, from common cases of gingivitis to severe instances of periodontitis. Cincinnati dentist Dr. Tara Hardin understands the complexities of gum disease, and can recommend the best solution for your unique situation.
There is currently no cure for gum disease. Effective treatment requires early detection and swift action.
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Bad breath: Also referred to as halitosis or malodor, bad breath is usually caused by bacteria buildup. It’s difficult to statistically gauge how many people have bad breath, because not all sufferers know they have it. However, research indicates that 80% of reported bad breath stems from oral sources such as cavities, gum disease, cracked fillings and tonsils. Conditions such as acid reflux and diabetes can also lead to this unpleasant malady.
- Noticeable gum trouble: Mild cases of gingivitis can go undetected, but eventually gums begin to indicate that the disease is progressing. Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums signify a rising problem. Gums may also begin to pull back, giving the impression that your teeth are growing longer. The sooner you can schedule a comprehensive exam with an experienced dentist at Hardin Advanced Dentistry, the better.
- Tooth problems: Sensitive or loose teeth are signs of ailing gums. As your gums pull away from the teeth, they reveal a sub-layer known as dentin. This soft surface beneath your gums links to your tooth’s nerves, causing painful chewing. A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite is another cause for concern.
If you suffer from symptoms of gum disease, please contact Cincinnati dentist Dr. Tara Hardin today by completing the form on this page, or by calling (513) 234-5531 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients from Mason and Dayton, Ohio, as well as Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.