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How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease often goes untreated because it can be present without any noticeable symptoms. That is one of the reasons the team at our Winter Park dental office constantly stresses the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings with our dental hygienist. During the cleaning, your mouth will be examined thoroughly, and if gum disease is present, we will find it and suggest treatment.

Frequently, though, warning signs may be present without your realizing that they are a symptom of gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
  • Your gums feel sensitive when touched
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away with mouthwash
  • Gaps between your teeth and gums
  • The feeling that your teeth are coming loose
  • A change in the way your teeth feel when chewing

Gum disease that goes untreated is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Eliminating gum disease is very important because there is evidence that shows it is linked to serious health problems like heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke and diabetes.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, we urge you to make an appointment at our Winter Park dental office as soon as possible.