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What Does Gum Disease Look Like?

June 18, 2021
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Posted By: Deborah Simpkins DMD

Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that requires intervention from a dentist. If you suspect gum disease or have not been to the dentist in a while, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with your dentist in Sarasota, FL.

Gum Disease Facts

Gum disease starts as a reversible condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis and gum disease may be symptomatic:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing
  • Sore, red, and swollen gums
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Toothaches

In some cases, the symptoms can be very subtle so that you don’t notice the changes right away. For this reason, it’s important to have checkups and teeth cleanings in Sarasota, FL at least twice per year.

With regular dental care, your dentist can diagnose gingivitis before it becomes full gum disease, which is treatable but not reversible. Teeth cleanings also reduce your risks of developing gingivitis and gum disease.

Gum Disease Appearance

If you have gum disease, you may notice redder gums, pocketing around teeth, loose or shifting teeth. Of course, you may not note gum disease simply by looking at your teeth and gums because the condition means a series of infections in the tissues and ligaments that support your teeth.

Periodontal Treatment in Sarasota, FL

Without treatment, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and even body health complications involving the heart and lungs. Gum disease has also been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.  

Treatments may involve a special at-home regimen coupled with specialized teeth cleanings in our dental office. These cleanings work below the gumline to recontour tooth roots to encourage healthier gum tissue to adhere to your teeth again. We may also use periodontal lasers to clear away deep plaque for healthier teeth and gums. We make sure the treatment area is thoroughly numb for specific periodontal treatments.  

Contact Your Sarasota Dentist Today

We encourage you to schedule a dental exam and teeth cleaning today.

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