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How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious oral health problem that is, unfortunately, very common. There are a number of signs that you may have gum disease, but you may not experience any symptoms at all and still have the disease. That is why regular professional cleanings with the hygienist at Northern Hills Dental are so important for your overall oral health.

Following is a list of some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush
  • Tender or inflamed gums
  • The feeling that your tooth or teeth are loose
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums

There are several stages of gum disease, and in its earliest stages you may not notice any symptoms at all. You may be surprised when you visit our hygienist for a cleaning that you already have some degree of gum disease.

If our hygienist does find periodontal disease, she will make certain recommendations based on the extent of the problem. In some cases, a thorough professional cleaning may be all that’s needed. In advanced cases, a deep cleaning and follow-up visits may be necessary to completely eliminate any infection.

Periodontal disease can develop quickly and damage your teeth and gums before you’re even aware that it’s present. We encourage you to make an appointment for a professional dental cleaning at our dental office, especially if it’s been a while since your last visit.

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