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Victoria Ramos – D.M.D.  at Aleris Salem Dental Center
Elena Siniaver – D.M.D.  at Aleris Salem Dental Center

What Are The Warning Signs Of Periodontal Disease?

Nearly half of Americans have gum disease, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease can be caused by several factors and occurs when bacteria infect the space between your teeth and gums. Gum disease may have few visible symptoms at first. But as it develops, you may notice your gums are red, swollen, and tender. They may bleed. Gums may recede, making your teeth look like they are growing. And your teeth may start to move around more easily. But even when these visible symptoms of gum disease appear, you may not see the disease’s other effects, which can impact your entire body. For instance, a 2013 study on stroke and heart attack patients conducted PCR DNA testing on the bacteria that caused the clots resulting in stroke or heart attack. In every case, it was determined that the clot-causing bacteria was derived from oral sources. Herein lies the danger of gum disease.​​​​​​​​

Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums

  • Bleeding gums when brushing

  • Mouth sores

  • Bad breath and dry mouth in the morning

  • Your teeth shifted

  • Loose or sensitive teeth

Sometimes uncleaned plaque and hard tartar collect on the teeth and their roots around gums, rendering them swollen, reddish, and weak. If you notice that your gums are starting to pull away from your teeth very noticeably, you may need to have a deep cleaning. If gum disease worsens, the space between your gums and teeth may widen. This can weaken the bones that support the teeth and lead to tooth loss. In these cases, teeth cleaning above and below the gum line can stop the progression of gum disease, eliminate bad breath caused by gum disease, and protect the roots of your teeth. Bleeding gums and vague itching sensations in the gums are classic signs of gum disease. However, the stage of the disease can only be determined by clinical examination and appropriate radiographs required. Ignoring tartar deposition on your teeth when you do not have any symptoms can be hazardous to your oral health as many times.


Aside from taking good care of your oral health, cutting back on sugar and alcohol, quitting smoking, and sleeping more, there’s not much else you can do to prevent gum disease. If you do happen to get gum disease, we can help! If you need to know more about deep gum cleaning and gum disease, do not hesitate to contact us! We want to help more people get the care they need to prevent and treat gum disease before it causes severe and irreversible damage. Without gum disease treatment, you can experience an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pregnancy complications, diabetes, and various cancers. To reduce the possibility of severe health complications related to gum disease, we highly recommend seeking preventive treatment for gum disease and gum disease treatment if you believe you have it.


Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? If you spot the early signs of periodontal disease, don’t ignore them! Left untreated, it can progress into an advanced stage and put you at risk of losing your teeth. For more information about gum disease and oral health, please call Aleris Salem Dental Center at (855) 745-0055 or contact us online.


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