Almost half of American adults have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Untreated gum disease in Miami, FL, can lead to significant problems, such as losing teeth. Additionally, there are links between periodontal disease and chronic health conditions, including stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease. That is why Dr. Ross at South Florida Periodontics & Dental Implants regularly screens patients for signs of the disease. It is important for you to recognize the symptoms as well so that you get help early and prevent some of the complications of the disease.  

 Symptoms of Gum Disease  

Periodontal disease occurs when the gums become inflamed due to excessive bacteria, tartar and/or plaque. The early stage is known as gingivitis, and without treatment, it can progress into periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. The most common symptoms include:  

 ·         Bleeding gums
 ·         Bad breath
 ·         Gum recession
 ·         Swollen and inflamed gums  

 In more serious cases, you might see:  
 ·         Tender gums
 ·         Spaces between teeth
 ·         Pus between gums and teeth
 ·         Loose teeth
 ·         Misaligned teeth
   
 The sooner you get treatment, the better outcome you will have. The earliest stages are generally fully reversible, but it gets harder the longer you let it progress.  

 Treating Gum Disease  

There is treatment that can help to diminish and even cure the symptoms. Undergoing special periodontal treatment is the first step. This often includes special cleaning that gets into the spaces between the gum and teeth to get rid of bacteria so that the gum can grow. Good oral hygiene is also key, including regular brushing and flossing. More severe cases might require surgery or other therapies.   Treating your gum disease in Miami, FL, should help reduce your bad breath. However, there is more you can do, including:  
   
·         Behavior changes, such as quitting smoking
 ·         Diet changes, including limiting sweets
 ·         Tongue cleaning  

 End Your Bad Breath Today  

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross. He will review your case and determine a treatment plan, including cleaning treatments that will also improve your halitosis.