3 Signs That You May Have Periodontitis

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A lot of people do not take their dental hygiene seriously. As a result, small problems you can easily solve when you brush your teeth fester until they result in serious oral and dental health complications. Periodontitis is a common dental health complication.

The complication results from bacteria accumulating around the teeth inside the mouth, and gums, causing damage to them. It is possible to avoid the damage by adopting good dental hygiene and visiting the dentist at least three times annually for check-ups and intervention.  Unfortunately, most people only visit the dentist after they experience serious teeth weaknesses, and by then, the problem is already advanced. Here early signs that you are developing periodontitis.

1. When Your Gums and Jaws Are Inflamed

Most cases of periodontitis begin when you get gingivitis, an oral problem marked by gum and jaw inflammation. One of the first ways you can tell you are developing gingivitis is the presence of blood inside your mouth when you brush and floss your teeth. Another early sign is tartar, a yellow discolouration caused by plaque coating your teeth.

If you don't address the problem, the bacteria start eating your gums, and they recede. This may also create inflammation, soreness, and a lot of pain when brushing.

2. When You Experience Bad Breath and Bad Taste

Several oral health problems result in bad breath or halitosis. Halitosis is bad breath that does not disappear after brushing or eating a mint. It is usually an indication that you have unhealthy bacteria growth in your mouth.

Excess bacteria are harmful, and they usually lead to tooth and gum decay. Chronic halitosis is, therefore, an indication of tooth decay. It is also common for people with this stage of periodontitis to experience extremely loose teeth and difficulties when chewing.

3. When You Start Losing Teeth

When periodontitis reaches advanced stages, most of the tissue that supports your teeth, holding them inside your gums, breaks down. At this point, you experience extreme pain when chewing and inflammation throughout the body.

Unfortunately, a dentist can do little to very little to save your teeth, and options include dental reconstruction with implants and bridges.

It is best to deal with the early symptoms of periodontitis before it becomes a complex problem. The best way to have excellent oral health is by creating a good relationship with a competent and reliable dentist close to you.

For more information about periodontal treatment, contact a dentist today.


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