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Three Possible Signs of Gum Disease

November 29, 2020
Posted By: Ackerman Family Dentistry

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you're not alone. Over half of adult Americans suffer from gum disease, and many of those patients are unaware that they have it. 

Gum disease takes a slow progression that doesn't display many symptoms or much pain to begin with. Here are a few early tell-tale signs that could indicate you have gum disease.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding Gums: If you notice blood when brushing your teeth, don't ignore it. This is usually an early sign of gum disease and a great time to contact your dentist for periodontal treatment in Boise.
  • Chronic Bad Breath: While most of us don't have fresh breath all the time, chronic halitosis doesn't go away after brushing, flossing, or mouth wash. If nothing helps in clearing your bad breath, it might be time to give us a call. 
  • Swollen and Tender Gums: Pink gums are a sign of good oral health, but gums that are unhealthy put your teeth in a shaky situation. This is the reason why gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss in adults. If your gums start to look swollen or red, don't wait for them to heal. Contact Ackerman Family Dentistry immediately to help treat this early sign of gum disease. If caught in time, this stage is reversible after a deep cleaning and excellent at-home health care.

If you find yourself in need of gum disease treatment in Boise, Dr. Ackerman and our experienced dental team are always available to help.  

What Is the Best Treatment for Periodontal Disease?

Our first step towards healing periodontal disease may involve scaling and root planing. These non-surgical procedures remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces and then smooth the surface of your teeth to prevent bacteria from clinging. 

These treatments may require more than one visit to our dental office, and we can administer a local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort. Once your gums heal and realign themselves to the surfaces of your clean teeth, we monitor for any changes.

If you need additional gum disease treatment, there are periodontal surgeries that can halt the progression of your gum disease.

Call Us to Help Treat Your Gum Disease

If you have noticed abnormalities in your oral health, give us a call right away. It's always easier to identify and treat dental issues right when they start.


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