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What are the symptoms of Gum Disease?

Gum disease may advance painlessly, creating few obvious signs, even in the late stages of the disease. Even though the symptoms of gum disease are often minor, the condition is not entirely without warning signs. Specific symptoms may point to some form of the disease. Most commonly, the symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed during and after brushing teeth
  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together

Even if you don’t appear to have any symptoms, you may still have some degree of periodontal disease. In some people, it may only affect certain teeth, such as the molars. This is why it’s very important to maintain optimum oral health by regularly visiting a dentist or a periodontist.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Plaque, a bacteria biofilm that forms on teeth and dental implants above and below the gum line, is the main cause of gum disease and bone loss. Although, other factors can contribute to the periodontal disease. These can include: 

  • Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy
  • Illnesses may affect the condition of your gums
  • Medications
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Family history of dental disease
  • Smoking

Gum Disease Periodontist in South Jersey

Dr. Alan Meltzer is board certified periodontist in Voorhees Township, South Jersey. His practice, Advanced Oral Specialty Group focuses in periodontal diseases and dental implants. Dr. Meltzer’s training and dual board certifications attest to his knowledge and skill. His reputation is based on outstanding clinical techniques and patient care. He has been featured in publications and guest lecturing appointments across the globe. To learn more about Dr. Meltzer, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (856) 772-9444.

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