Early StagesThe earliest stage of gum disease, also called gingivitis, often creeps up on you with minimal symptoms. Gingivitis is rarely painful. The only major symptoms include red, inflamed gums that may bleed when you brush or floss. These symptoms are often ignored if noticed; instead they are attributed to brushing too hard, infrequent flossing or flossing roughly. While gingivitis is the least noticeable stage of gum disease, it is also the stage that is most easily treated, and can simply be reversed with better oral hygiene practices.
Later StagesAs gum disease progresses, bacteria fall below your gum line, and start attacking not just your gums, but your teeth and jawbone as well. It can even become so severe that the bacteria enter the blood stream and spread throughout your body. But just because the disease is advancing, that doesn't necessarily mean that you will experience pain. Symptoms of later stages of gum disease include:
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These stages of gum disease cannot be reversed at home, and always require professional intervention. You may even require surgical procedures to help your gums and mouth heal.
When to Be ConcernedThe earlier you catch gum disease, the better. By doing so, you prevent the need for more invasive procedures to get rid of it. So, while you may not be experiencing any pain, it is imperative to call your dentist as soon as you notice something looks off with your mouth.
If your gums have changed in appearance, don’t hesitate. Contact your dentist right away with any concerns. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (816) 207-4005.