How Do I know I have Gum Disease?

     • Bleeding gums upon brushing and flossing

     • Gums that are red, puffy, or sore too touch

     • Gums that look like they “pulled” away from your teeth

     • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down

     • Pus that appears between teeth and gums

     • Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth

     • Drifting teeth

     • Noticing increasing spacing between teeth

To find out if you truly have gingivitis or periodontitis, your dentist or hygienist needs to check your gums using a measuring tool called a periodontal probe. This probe acts like a ruler to measure for pockets. Any measurement 5mm or greater is cause to be concerned.

Periodontal disease is mostly a painless progressive process. If left untreated, you can lose your teeth.