Many people do not realize that they have gum disease because in the early stages, it may not present any symptoms at all. If you do not brush and floss your teeth daily, or skip dental cleanings, you probably have some level of gum disease, which affects more than 50 percent of adults.
How is gum disease diagnosed?
Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist at your regular exam. In our Madera, CA dental office, your dentist or hygienist will take measurements of the space between your teeth and gums and look for signs of bleeding. We will share this information with you and monitor your condition closely.
Symptoms of gum disease
When symptoms do start up, red gums that are inflamed and bleed when you clean your teeth are common. At this stage, periodontal disease is reversible as long as there is dedication to good home care and a customized dental cleaning.
As gum disease advances, reversing it is no longer an option. Symptoms can include gum recession, bad breath, painful gums, and even tooth mobility. We can manage it, however, with increased frequency of dental cleanings, home care that follows your dentist’s recommendation, and in some cases, medicine to fight bacteria either applied directly to the gums or in the form of a rinse.
If you are looking for a periodontal dentist in Madera, CA, contact Keledjian Dental, and we will help you regain your oral health.