At Jack Vayner DDS, our main priority is to keep your teeth healthy so that your smile lasts a lifetime. One of the major obstacles to a lifetime of healthy smiles is gum disease. Although very common, gum disease can be more than just a nuisance. If left untreated, it can lead to irreversible problems like lost teeth. Don’t let your gum disease progress! Look for these common signs and symptoms to prevent further damage.
If you notice blood in the sink or on your dental floss, you may have gum disease. Although bloody gums can also occur because of hormonal changes, it’s best to let us know about this symptom so we can help you treat it. If you are bleeding when you floss or brush, don’t let this stop you from daily dental care. In fact, it’s a sign that you need to do more to take care of your teeth, not less.
If you notice that your gums appear red or irritated, this is a sign of gum disease. If you notice they are starting to pull away from your teeth, making your teeth seem larger, this is a symptom of gum disease. If your gum tissue seems thicker or harder than usual, let us know. All these changes are warnings that your gums need attention.
Loose teeth are a sign of gum disease that we take very seriously. Loose teeth mean that the bones below the gumline may be damaged, allowing teeth to become loose or causing them to fall out. Don’t wait until you lose a tooth to call us! Let us know if you have loose teeth. This is a dental emergency and we want to help.
If you see, feel, or taste pus on your gums, this is a sign of advanced gum disease and we’d like you to call us. You may need to be treated with antibiotics or other courses of action to help you heal. Don’t take this symptom lightly.
Tartar is a hard, white-ish substance that coats the teeth. It’s impossible to clean off with brushing and flossing alone. You’ll need the assistance of a dentist to properly scrape off tartar buildup. But don’t put this off! Tartar on your teeth will wear down the enamel, or outermost layer of the tooth. This can lead to cavities and periodontal disease. This is why we stress coming to the dentist twice a year, so that you can get a proper cleaning and stop tartar in its tracks.
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