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Why Early Gum Disease is So Difficult to Diagnose

Posted on 9/20/2018 by JJ Perkiomaki
Why Early Gum Disease is So Difficult to DiagnosePeriodontitis, more commonly known as "gum disease," is common but fairly preventable. Typically caused by poor oral hygiene, it can lead to tooth loss, as well as heart and lung disease. Its symptoms include swollen, red, and tender gums. Unfortunately, gum disease is difficult to diagnose in the early stages.

Why Diagnosing gum Disease is Difficult Early On

The reason gum disease is so difficult to diagnose right away is that it's painless. While you may notice that your gums are bleeding, you probably don't think much about it. Other signs of early gum disease also get ignored a lot. These include things like chronic bad breath, red or swollen gums, and sensitive teeth. Most people think these things are "normal" or that they'll "just go away."

However, if you're struggling with the early stages of gum disease, this won't happen and they're definitely not normal. In fact, things will only get worse. You'll eventually experience loose teeth, receding gums, teeth that look longer than they should, and it'll become painful for you to chew food. This is when most people start to realize they have a problem and so they'll pick up their phones and give us a call. However, it's best if we see you before things get to this point.

How gum Disease is Treated

If you notice any signs of gum disease, you'll want to schedule an appointment with us. When you visit our office, we will professionally clean the pockets around each of your teeth. This is important because it can help prevent them from becoming damaged. It will also keep your bones from being damaged as well.

You'll want to get this process started as soon as possible because when let get more advanced you may need surgery. So, make sure you call us right away so we can see you today.

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