Periodontal (or gum) disease starts as a disproportionate amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) that have accumulated around your teeth. This causes deterioration of the surrounding area of the teeth (sometimes including the jawbone). Periodontal disease can be identified by swollen, red, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will begin to destroy the bone and gums surrounding your teeth.

The early stages of periodontal disease are, most often, painless, so it can be very difficult to initially detect. Some of the symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Larger spaces between teeth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Constant bad breath
  • Inflamed, red gums
  • Receding gumline around your tooth
  • Discomfort and tenderness
  • Bleeding gums

Aside from the possibility of losing your permanent teeth, gum disease is associated with many other health risks. Untreated periodontal disease is dangerous and has been linked to heart disease and pregnancy problems. Here at Metro 1 Family Dental, our dentist and team make an effort to prevent periodontal disease to better protect your overall health.

To avoid advanced periodontal disease, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, maintain a balanced diet, and regularly attend your scheduled dental appointments. If you have any discomfort or pain surrounding your teeth or gums, we strongly recommend that you visit us immediately. Dr. Trevor Salmon invites you to contact us today if you are interested in learning more about your treatment options for gum disease like gingivitis in Hyattsville, Maryland.