Are You Experiencing the Signs of Gum Disease?

Posted: January 25, 2021

A young couple flosses their teethGum disease and gum inflammation are very common dental problems among American adults. Our experienced dentists in Florida provide customized dental hygiene tips and look for the signs of gum disease during your routine checkups. You can trust us to help you achieve and maintain great dental health.

Gum disease is caused by infected gums. Most often, poor oral hygiene causes this type of infection because plaque and tartar grow and worsen. Even if you have ideal dental hygiene habits, you may be genetically predisposed to gum disease, or have other risk factors contributing to the condition.

While there may be no obvious symptoms (which is why routine checkups with the dentist are important), some of the signs of gum disease include:

  • Gums are bright red or purple
  • Gums bleed easily, especially when you brush and floss
  • Gums are puffy and swollen
  • Gums look inflamed
  • Chronic bad breath

Some of the earliest indications are often gums that feel tender when you brush, and gums that look red and inflamed. If you notice any change in your gum tissue, whether it is one of the symptoms outlined here or something else, we encourage you to schedule a checkup with our experienced dentists.

The earlier dental problems are identified, the better. With gum disease and all other dental conditions, treating early stages is often easier, more convenient and can be less expensive than treating advanced stages. But please be sure to contact us even if you think your gum disease may be serious – we help our patients in whatever stage of dental disease or injury they are experiencing. We will recommend a custom treatment plan to get your oral health back on track. Rely on us for straightforward explanations of all of your treatment options, as well as a timeline, costs and other information.

If you think you may be experiencing gum disease or another type of gum irritation, please contact our experienced dentists in Sarasota. Please call The Smile Centre, in Palm Aire at 941-351-4468 or South Trail at 941-366-3636. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you get started on the path to better dental health.