Do you notice droplets of blood in your saliva after you brush and floss? Gums that bleed easily is one of the main symptoms of gum disease, medically known as periodontal disease. When you visit Brier Creek Implants & Periodontics, we will carefully assess your oral health to determine if any intervention is required.
Gum disease is surprisingly common, with roughly 50% of U.S. adults being affected. If caught early, gum disease can be controlled and its effect on your oral health can be limited. Although, if gum disease goes untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and the loss of hard and soft tissues.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
In the earliest stages of periodontal disease, there may be few noticeable symptoms, which is why many don’t seek treatment until there are obvious changes to their oral health. Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
Gums appear red and/or swollen
Presence of blood after brushing/flossing
Bad breath (halitosis)
Puffy pockets between teeth
Receding gum line
Teeth feel loose
Treating periodontal disease isn’t just about improving oral health. Periodontal disease has also been shown to increase inflammation elsewhere in the body, which can increase the risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.