Gum disease is a very common condition, but one that often gets overlooked.
People sometimes fail to look for professional help before it is too late and the condition can no longer be cured.
The outcome of treating gum disease, or periodontal disease, depends mostly on how advanced the condition is. This is why early detection and measures to stop its progress are essential.
One of the first signs that you may be developing periodontal disease is bleeding of the gums when brushing your teeth.
If this happens every time, or most of the time, when brushing, you should look for the next signal — examine your teeth and try to find out if they look longer than they used to. This is an indication that your gums are receding, leaving a bigger part of your tooth exposed. In this case, an examination with a specialist is a must.
If the disease is still in its initial stages, treatment will focus on preventing gums from receding further and treating infections. When the tooth is exposed, bacteria can easily enter the tooth pockets and spread infection.
If the disease is more advanced, bacteria may already have weakened the dental connective tissue, which may result in tooth loss.
If the disease has already started developing, it is recommended that you go through a deep periodontal cleaning procedure that will clean all the bacteria and cure the infection.
When the gums heal in a few days, any issues with bad breath you may have experienced should also disappear.