Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Early Detection Is Essential for Your Health

The earlier we detect a disease, the easier it is to treat. This is certainly true when it comes to periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that can devastate your smile. If left untreated, periodontal disease may even lead to the loss of teeth.

Periodontal disease is also referred to as gum disease. You can help prevent it by visiting our dentists in Swansea, IL for regular checkups at Corner Stone Dental where you’ll be provided with thorough professional cleanings. This will remove the plaque, tartar, and other debris which feed the bacteria that cause gum disease.

We’ll also perform a complete examination of your smile using advanced diagnostic tools. If we detect early signs of periodontal disease, we can provide noninvasive treatment strategies. If your periodontal disease is more advanced, we have remedies for all stages of gum disease.

Common Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Unexplained bleeding — One of the most common signs of periodontal disease is bleeding gums when you brush, floss, or eat. Toxins in plaque can make the tissue more prone to bleeding.
  • Pain, redness, or swelling — Swollen gums that are red and painful are another common symptom.
  • Your teeth look longer — Your gums will begin to recede, pulling away from your teeth and exposing more of their structure.
  • Bad breath/halitosis — Periodontal disease creates deep gum pockets that house foul-smelling debris and bacteria.
  • Loose teeth — As your gums pull away from your teeth and bone tissue is destroyed, your teeth will begin to loosen or shift position.
  • Pus — If you see pus oozing from between your teeth, it’s a definite sign of periodontal infection.
  • Teeth fall out — Periodontal disease can eventually cause you to lose one or more teeth.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Family history
  • Pregnancy and menopause
  • Chronic stress
  • Poor diet
  • Diabetes
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Certain medications
  • Other medical issues

Frequently Asked Questions

Corner Stone Dental

4121 Old Collinsville Rd.
Swansea, IL 62226

Office Hours

8am – 5pm
8am – 5pm
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8am – 5pm
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