When pain develops in the mouth, it’s easy to assume the teeth are to blame. But in some cases, oral pain can develop because the gum tissue is inflamed. When this happens, gum disease treatment may be required to keep symptoms under control. Here are four clues you may need periodontal treatment right away. 

1.    Bleeding Gums

You shouldn’t panic if your gums bleed slightly every once in a while, but if bleeding becomes a frequent occurrence (especially when you brush your teeth or eat certain foods), you should see your general dentist right away. Bleeding gums generally indicate gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). 

2.    Chronic Halitosis

Chronic halitosis (bad breath) is one of the most unpleasant symptoms of periodontal disease. It happens when bacteria in the gums emit a foul odor as they destroy the gum tissue. Drs. Jeffrey Alvarado and Gregorio Salinas offer comprehensive periodontal services to restore gum tissue health and manage gum disease symptoms. Some of these services include scaling and root planing (deep cleaning below the gum line) and periodontal maintenance (checkups and deep cleanings designed to reduce the risk of future infections and keep your gums as healthy as possible). 

3.    Loose Teeth

If you do not receive gum disease treatment for your symptoms, you could end up with loose teeth as your gums are destroyed by bacteria. Eventually, the teeth may fall out of the mouth unless comprehensive treatment is received as soon as possible. 

4.    Receding Gums

In many cases, gum recession can be traced back to vigorous teeth brushing. However, if your receding gum line is accompanied by any of the other symptoms listed here, you most likely have diseased gum tissue. Your general dentist can examine your gums to diagnose the problem and present you with a recommended treatment plan.

Call Today

Your oral health is priceless. Reclaim it today be scheduling your gum disease treatment with Drs. Alvarado or Salinas. Call The Lakes Family Dental in McAllen, TX and we’ll gladly reserve an appointment time for you.