The Three Phases of Periodontal Disease Symptoms

There are many ways to improve your health nowadays. Healthy eating, regular exercise and annual physicals keep our bodies running smoothly. Prioritizing oral hygiene and making regular dental checkups is just as important as watching cholesterol levels, but preventing periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is one of the most critical aspects of maintaining mouth health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every two Americans age 30 and over has periodontal disease. As common as it is, familiarizing yourself with periodontal disease symptoms is the first step toward prevention.

Gum disease has three main phases: gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. Although a dentist will be able to give you an offical diagnosis, it’s important to recognize symptoms of each phase.

Gingivitis

This first stage is the most common, but it’s also reversible. Common gingivitis symptoms:

Red and swollen gums
Gums that easily bleed while brushing and flossing
Receding gum line
Bad breath

Periodontitis

At this stage of gum disease, gingivitis has advanced to the more serious condition known as periodontitis. This results in damage to the soft tissue and loss of bone that support your teeth. Common symptoms include the following:

Swollen, bright red gums
Gums that are tender to the touch
Spaces developing between teeth causing periodontal pockets to form
A buildup of pus between teeth and gums
Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
Loose teeth that don’t fit together when you bite

Advanced Periodontitis

This final stage of gum disease is the most severe, and is characterized by actual loss in the bone and loss of periodontal tissues that support your teeth. This results in the shifting and loosening of teeth, and tooth extraction may become necessary to remove further infection. Symptoms include

Chronic bad breath
Swollen and bleeding gums
Severe receding gums
Deep periodontal pockets
Teeth that are loose and
Misaligned teeth

Periodontal disease can be a long, tedious process, transforming a once beautiful smile into a mouth requiring surgical procedures. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Knowing the periodontal disease symptoms will help you recognize when gingivitis is setting in. Consult your dentist to create an oral hygiene treatment plan that includes brushing with a toothpaste such as Colgate® Total® to help fight gingivitis, reduce plaque and strengthen enamel. Don’t forget to schedule regular professional cleaning appointments to remove plaque, tartar and food debris and reduce gingivitis in your mouth. With a little foresight and diligence, your smile can be restored.

Original Source: Colgate.com