How Do You Recognize Gum Disease?

Without treatment, periodontal disease can grow more severe until patients develop the advanced stage, known as periodontitis. At this stage, the tissue between the teeth and gums can dissolve, leading to a greater risk of adult tooth loss. However, this doesn’t have to happen. By recognizing the early warning signs and practicing good homecare, you can help protect your smile.

The Factors Behind Periodontal Disease

Gum disease can develop as a result to genetic predisposition, inflammatory illnesses, or the use of certain medications. Smoking and tobacco use can also exacerbate gum issues. However, the most common cause is simply poor oral hygiene. When we don’t care for our smiles, plaque buildup can accumulate on the teeth, inflaming gum tissue. Soon, gingivitis can develop and without treatment, periodontal disease.

The Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

As the inflammation develops, you may notice your gums appear more red than usual. Later, they can feel sore or even bleed easily when you brush or floss. In the later stages of the disease, you may notice swelling in the gums or recession. Loose teeth can even occur in the advanced stages, also known as periodontitis. When you notice changes to the appearance of your gums, talk to your dentist. Treatment may be necessary to protect your smile.

Prevention is Possible!

You can help prevent the onset of gum disease with a few steps. First, always take time to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session, in the morning and again at night. Even more importantly, you need to floss every night before going to bed. We suggest seeing the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning as well. The checkup allows the doctor to assess your risk and recommend treatment. A cleaning removes plaque, helping your gums stay healthy.


Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.


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