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Protect Your Teeth: Signs That You Need To See A Periodontist

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If you've postponed dental care during the current pandemic, you're not alone. Many people have avoided receiving routine dental care, as a way to prevent sickness. Not only that, many dentists have cut back on their office hours during this time. Unfortunately, lack of proper dental care has increased the occurrence of issues such as decay, cavities, and gum disease. If you've noticed significant changes in your teeth and gums, it's time to seek dental care. If you're not sure what to look for, read the list provided below. If you've experienced any of the issues described below, schedule an appointment with a periodontist right away. 

Your Gums Have Changed

If your gums have changed over the past year, there may be a cause for concern. Changes in the appearance of your gums can be an indication that your dental problems have extended below the surface. Some of those changes can include bleeding when you brush and floss, receding gums, and redness or swelling. If you've developed any of those gum changes, you need to consult with a periodontist as soon as possible. 

Your Teeth Are Loose

If you've developed one or more loose teeth during the past year, don't wait to schedule an appointment with a periodontist. Permanent teeth should never become loose. If they do, there's a strong indication that gum disease is involved, especially if you haven't sustained a mouth injury. Teeth become loose when gum disease causes bone loss in the jaw. If the issue isn't addressed quickly, you could lose your permanent teeth. Before you're faced with tooth loss, schedule an appointment with a periodontist. 

Your Bite Is Different

If you've noticed a change in the way your teeth fit in your mouth, it's time to visit a periodontist. This could be an indication that your bite has changed, which could be a sign of advanced gum disease. Gum disease, especially periodontitis, can cause your teeth to shift. Luckily, periodontal treatment can help to resolve the issue. 

Your Breath Stinks

If your breath stinks, you may need to spend a few more minutes brushing and flossing your teeth each day. Bad breath can be caused by food particles getting caught between teeth. However, if your breath smells foul, and you notice a yellow or green discharge around your gums, you need to seek dental care from a periodontist immediately. A foul-smelling mouth odour combined with discharge could be an indication that you're in the advanced stages of gum disease. 

For more information, contact a periodontist today.