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One of the biggest oral health risks that can arise on a day-to-day basis is gum disease. This condition is also referred to as periodontal disease wherein you have gum tissue infections. Oftentimes, gum disease may progress over a period of many years before the appropriate treatments can be given. Rather than waiting until severe damage has occurred, start inspecting your smile for any potential symptoms or indications that gum disease has arisen.

Several symptoms of gum disease often arise that can let you know that it is present. Although it progresses over a period of many years, as soon as you see the symptoms, you should visit your dentist for a comprehensive oral examination to determine if the disease is present. To begin, look for visual clues that you may have gum tissue infections. This could be anything from sores in your mouth to excessive bleeding that occurs while eating or while practicing your brushing and flossing daily routines. Furthermore, if it appears that your gums are inflamed or swollen in any way, or they look abnormal or irregular, it’s probably a sign that something is amiss.

Other common symptoms of gum disease arise when your gums are not functioning as they’re supposed to. If for any reason your gums are extra sensitive or causing other teeth to move out of position, it could be a sign that there is a problem. Furthermore, if you suffer from gum recession – an issue where your gums pull back from a tooth thereby exposing more of the tooth’s surface – it could be a telltale sign that gum disease is present. Other common signs and symptoms include the frequent presence of halitosis, pain when chewing and teeth that are slowly moving and separating.

Our team at Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS looks forward to enhancing your smile with periodontal care. To book an appointment at our dental office in Palos Heights, Illinois, please contact Dr. Nils Sandstrom and our team at 708-388-2500.