4 Signs That You Need to See a Periodontist

Have you been looking in the mirror lately thinking your smile doesn’t look the same. Maybe your teeth look a little longer or your gums seem to overtake your smile. And you’ve been neglecting attending your teeth cleaning appointments at the dentist too. These can all be signs it’s time to see a periodontist.

Periodontists are experts in treating periodontal disease and helping restore the beauty of your smile! If you’re not sure you should see a periodontist, we have the perfect checklist for evaluating your gum health at home.

Here’s 4 signs you may need to go to a periodontist for a comprehensive gum evaluation.

1. Your gums bleed

If you’re noticing bleeding when flossing or brushing, this is an early indicator that your gum health may be in trouble. Now you may have heard the terms “bleeding gums” and “gingivitis” used together. While it’s true bleeding gums is a symptom of early periodontal disease (gingivitis), it’s important to narrow down the cause. It’s in your and your gums best interest to request an appointment with one of our periodontal experts if you’re experiencing bleeding gums after these scenarios…

  • If you haven’t been flossing regularly and your gums are still bleeding after 7 consecutive days of flossing.
  • If you haven’t been brushing your teeth regularly and your gums are still bleeding after 7 consecutive days of flossing.

Why do your gums bleed after not brushing or flossing for a while? You’re removing bacterial buildup from your gums – underneath or on top of – and plaque is irritating to the gums.

2. You have swollen, tender gums

Gums that are sensitive, swollen or red are infected gums. When there’s bacteria irritating the sensitive tissue of your gums, your body will widen the blood vessels in that area and send in red blood cells to fight the infection – this causes a swollen, red appearance to your gums. With over 50% of adults having gingivitis on up to 4 teeth, you wouldn’t be alone in experiencing red, swollen gums. But it’s a critical sign of gum disease which leads to tooth loss and spells trouble for your overall health.

3. Your gums are receding

If your teeth appear to be getting longer, you may be seeing one of the early signs of periodontal disease. The bacteria in your gum pockets can destroy the gum and bone tissue around your tooth, causing your gums to start pulling away from your teeth. If it hurts when you eat cold or hot foods and beverages you may have underlying periodontal disease. Gum disease makes teeth vulnerable as it exposes your tooth roots.

4. You have persistent bad breath

Ongoing bad breath and bad taste is a sign that there are bacteria harboring in your mouth, specifically in the gums. Not brushing or flossing will allow food particles to get stuck in between your teeth and gums. While your saliva does a great job of breaking down food particles in your mouth to digest, brushing and flossing will remove trapped debris entirely. If not, after about 12 hours plaque will begin to form and cause further odor and damage to your teeth and gums!

Still have questions about when you need to see a periodontist?

Regular checkups with your dentist will reveal many periodontal issues during their early stages, but if you notice any of the above symptoms, please schedule an appointment with us—a top periodontist near you!

The signs can be from periodontal disease, an infection of the gums which can eventually destroy the support of your teeth. Over time, areas of the bone can be affected which is then called periodontitis. At that stage, the gums can pull away from the teeth and form pockets of bacteria and debris. The end result can be tooth loss if the disease is not treated; therefore when it comes to fighting periodontal disease, early detection is critical!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. We love to hear from you. We’re here to support you and your gums! At PHC, our highly-experienced periodontists are dedicated to improving your gum health and providing you with the resources you need to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. When you visit us, we’ll examine your condition and discuss our treatment options to help you make the best decision for your health.

If you’re looking for a top periodontist in Tampa or New Port Richey, we’d love to meet you! Request an appointment today.

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