Signs That You May Have Periodontal Disease

By Elmer A. Villalon, DMD
March 05, 2020
Category: Medical Conditions

If you don't adequately brush and floss after a meal, dental plaque will accumulate on your teeth around the gum tissue. When this sticky film of bacteria builds up, it will linger and eventually harden. From here it turns into something known as tartar. Only Dr. Elmer Villalon or a member of his staff can remove it. Neglecting your oral health leads to periodontal disease, an infection of the gum tissue that leads to tooth loss. At our Pueblo, CO, office, we do our best to help you reduce your risk and achieve optimal periodontal health.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

If you have periodontal disease, you may notice the following:

  • Mouth sores

  • Loose teeth

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Pain when chewing

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Swollen or inflamed gums

  • Tender and bleeding gums

Stages of Periodontal Disease

  • Gingivitis - is the beginning stage of periodontal (gum) disease. This stage causes little to no discomfort. The first sign is typically tender or bleeding gums, but this stage is often reversible with an improved oral care routine.

  • Aggressive Periodontitis - when gingivitis is left untreated, it progresses into this second stage of periodontal disease. Tissues that support the teeth and surrounding bone become destroyed and loosen the teeth.

  • Chronic Periodontitis - the progression of attachment loss can occur rapidly or slowly, depending on the patient. When this third stage of periodontal disease occurs, inflammation results in the supporting tissues of the teeth.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Dr. Villalon may recommend certain treatments depending on the severity of your condition. The goal is to control the infection, and this is most often accomplished with a deep cleaning and routine maintenance at home and in our Pueblo, CA, office. Prevent periodontal disease by visiting us annually for professional dental cleanings. In addition, you need to brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss regularly to remove food particles that your toothbrush can't reach.

Dr. Elmer Villalon dedicates himself to helping you keep your permanent teeth for a lifetime, and early detection is the key to prevention. If inadequate brushing and flossing habits or lack of dental care are the cause of inflamed, sensitive, or swollen gums, schedule a dental appointment with our Pueblo, CO, office before the problem gets worse. To learn more about the services provided or to schedule an appointment, please visit our website or call 719-542-7844.