Gingivitis is incredibly common. Millions of people of all ages develop gum disease at some point, and as long as it is detected early enough, treatment is simple. However, many people fail to get that early treatment because they are not aware something is wrong. Many times, gum disease is not painful, so you need to be more aware of any changes in your oral health. Here are some tips for determining if you have periodontal disease so that you can see our periodontist in Miami, FL right away.

1. Check Your Breath

If you just ate a bunch of garlic, then you will probably have some bad breath at that moment. However, if you always seem to have bad breath, then something is up. Gum disease typically leads to halitosis, and it is usually accompanied by always have a bad taste in your mouth.

2. See If Your Teeth Are Longer

A common symptom of gingivitis is gum recession. There should be an attractive ratio between the amount of teeth shown in your smile and the amount of gum tissue. If that ratio changes and your teeth are longer than usual, then something is happening. Seek treatment before the recession becomes more pronounced.

3. Check Gums for an Inflammation

Our periodontist in Miami, FL has more sophisticated measures for checking for gum disease. However, you can do a checkup at your own house to see if an inflammation is present. Some of the signs that an infection has developed include:

• Gums are tender to the touch
• Swelling has taken place in the tissue
• Gums are now red or purple instead of pink
• Pus is present

Schedule an Appointment

The longer you wait to treat your gum disease, the more extensive it is going to be. Call us to schedule a time to see Dr. Scott B. Ross, Dr. Bradley A. Ross and the rest of our staff.