3 Early Signs of Periodontal Gum Disease
In the world of oral health, there are a number of conditions out there that can drastically affect your quality of life. While the majority of common oral conditions, such as cavities, toothaches and pain, can be treated by a dentist– for more severe, far more involved issues, patients may require periodontal treatment from an experienced periodontal disease specialist, like Dr. David Malakov, considered to be the best periodontist NYC has to offer. Considering that many patients aren’t getting enough dental care as it is, periodontal treatment, despite being vital to our overall health, is one of the most ignored specialties of medicine in our world today. As the best periodontist NYC has in practice, Dr. Malakov is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and the treatment of periodontal disease – which involve the structural support and health of our teeth, gums and more. The most common issue a periodontal disease specialist will treat is gum disease – a condition that can be particularly difficult to diagnose, as it rarely has many visible symptoms during the early stages. Despite this fact, periodontal gum disease is highly prevalent, and when left untreated will often progress and cause severe symptoms in the future. Learn more about the early signs of periodontal gum disease below.
According to recent statistics, nearly half of all the adults across the United States are currently suffering from some form of periodontal gum disease in one form or another. This is a tricky statistic however, as this is inclusive of the mildest of cases, to the most severe instances in which patients require drastic, highly-invasive, surgical intervention. And as we previously stated, because the early stages of gum disease don’t really present with too many outward symptoms, many of these patients may not even know they have it. One of the most important things to understand about periodontal gum disease issues, is that the vast majority of cases come about as a result of one main cause – poor oral hygiene and health practices. Throughout his time as a periodontal disease specialist, Dr. Malakov has encountered countless cases of gum disease – all in different stages, levels of severity, and all exhibiting their own set of unique symptoms. Considering his experience, and first-hand knowledge of the condition, many consider him to be the best periodontist NYC has in practice. Over the years, he has become quite familiar with the initial signs and symptoms of gum disease, for which patients should be on the lookout. Here are 3 of the most common initial warning signs of periodontal gum disease.
· Bad Breath
An important thing to understand about periodontal disease is that it is an infectious condition, that affects your teeth and gums. Therefore, where there is an infection, there is a build-up of bacteria. And where there is a build-up of bacteria, it is not the most hygienic place – especially when it comes to an oral infection of the gums. When patients exhibit poor oral hygiene, they leave themselves susceptible to a build-up of debris and rotten food, that provides the breading ground for the infection to come. This rotting food and debris will cause chronic bad breath, and often, at this point, as the infection has begun to take hold, it (bad breath) can be nearly impossible to get rid of no matter how much you brush, floss, or use mouthwash. This is a major reason why it is very important to take good care of your teeth and gums, and remember to brush and floss multiple times per day.
· Reddish, Swollen Gums
A healthy set of gums will appear pink in color, and will rarely ever appear to be reddish or inflamed, unless you brushed extremely hard one day. Patients with gums that appear to be red, or even a darkened, almost brown color are very likely to be experiencing the early signs of periodontal gum disease. Upon further examination, if your gums not only appear discolored, but also look swollen and irritated, it is vital that you schedule a periodontal treatment appointment as soon as possible.
· Bleeding Gums
A common sign of someone who is suffering from periodontal gum disease or gingivitis, is the presence of blood. Often, patients who are experiencing such issues, will see pinkish, red spit and toothpaste in the sink while they brush their teeth. This is a sign that your gums are bleeding, which can usually mean that you are either brushing extremely hard or that you are suffering from the early signs of periodontal gum disease and should seek medical intervention immediately.
For more information on periodontal treatment, be sure to contact Dr. David Malakov today.