How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Your dental professional will determine if you have periodontal disease at every professional cleaning, which should occur every 6 months. Since early gum disease or gingivitis is reversible it is important you see your dental professional if you see any of the following:
- gums that bleed or are red, puffy, swollen or sore
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- changes in the way your teeth fit together
- pus or a creamy discharge that appears around the teeth or gums
- constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
What should I do if I have periodontal disease?
If you think you have periodontal disease, you should see your dentist or contact Stoner Periodontic Specialists immediately. You should also:
- Get regular professional cleanings and checkups. Your dental professional will remove the plaque and tartar that forms under the gums that has been shown to cause periodontal disease.
- Do not smoke cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco.
- Brush and floss daily to keep the gum tissue healthy.