Patients that do not brush and floss their teeth regularly or attend scheduled dental check-ups and cleanings may slowly begin to suffer from the harmful consequences of developing gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition that can result in irreversible damage, such as the loss of natural teeth due to progressive periodontal disease. Unfortunately, many patients do not take warning from the signs of gum disease and receive immediate treatment.

What are the signs of gum disease? Gum disease can start with something as simple as bad breath. Although brushing and flossing may temporarily resolve the issue, if it keeps coming back, it may be a sign of a more serious condition. Additionally, symptoms of gum disease can also start as minor swelling of the gums and bleeding during brushing or flossing. Neither of these is normal and should be checked immediately by your dentist. Scheduling an examination as soon as you notice these problems is required, as time is not on your side when it comes to the progression of this dental disease.

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Once gum disease continues to progress, it can result in gums that recede away from the teeth; unstable, “wobbly” teeth that are pulling away from the bone; and pus that may come from a patient’s gum line. By the time gum disease progresses to this point, it can be extremely difficult to treat and may require a referral to a periodontist that is specialized in addressing advanced stages of gum disease.

Gum disease is extremely avoidable with regular home dental care and continued check-ups with the dentist. Dr. Dietrich in Chicago is committed to helping those who are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease and periodontal disease. If you are experiencing possible problems due to the onset of gum disease, call Dr. Dietrich today to schedule an examination and take control of your dental health!

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