Ronald I Teichman, D.D.S.
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4 Signs You May Have Gum Disease and How Park Slope Family Dentistry Can Help

Gum disease affects about half of the adult population in the United States – that’s a pretty scary statistic! Gum disease, which is also caused periodontal disease, can result in infected and loose teeth which may have to be removed. Maintaining good oral hygiene is a great way to prevent gum disease, but it also results from other health conditions throughout the body. Here are four signs that you may have gum disease.

Bleeding Gums

If you are brushing and flossing correctly, your gums should not bleed when you brush your teeth. If you aren’t flossing enough, bacteria can build up under your gum line and cause your gums to bleed. You may also notice redness and swelling or have sore gums. It is the bacteria below your gumline causing this inflammation. You should visit Park Slope Family Dentistry as soon as you notice symptoms so that we can start treatment.

Gum Recession or Gum Pockets

Gum disease can destroy the fibers that attach the gums to your teeth causing gum recession. If you are experiencing gum recession, you may notice that your teeth look longer. When your gums begin to recede, you may start to see pockets forming between your gums and teeth. These pockets make it difficult to remove debris from your mouth with routine brushing and flossing. This is a sign that your gum disease is progressing, so you should make an appointment with Park Slope Family Dentistry for periodontal treatment.

Tooth Sensitivity

Gum recession causes the root tissue of the tooth to become exposed, making the tooth more vulnerable to decay, wear and tear on the root surface, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss. If you experience new or worsening tooth sensitivity when consuming hot and cold food and beverages or acidic things, you should see your dentist about a possible solution.

High Blood Sugar

People with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of developing past-progressing gum disease. If you have high blood sugar, you should tell your doctor so that they can keep a close watch on your gum health.

When you need treatment for gum disease, turn to Park Slope Family Dentistry. We offer solutions for your gums that help you maintain a healthier mouth.

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