Don't Ignore These Signs Of Gum Disease

Gum disease is no joke, and without proper dental care you could lose your teeth and jaw bone. That is why you should see a periodontist like Dr. Neal Pylant in Athens, GA at the onset of symptoms of gum disease.

Red Swollen Gums

Swollen gums are one of the first indicators of gum disease. Swollen gums might also indicate that you have gingivitis.

Plaque buildup can irritate your gums causing them to swell and bleed. If you are experiencing swollen gums, an exam with a periodontist such as Dr. Pylant is recommended. Treating your gum disease in its early stages increases the likelihood of success and prevents complications.

Bleeding Gums

If your gums bleed while brushing your teeth, there is a problem. Bleeding gums could be a sign of possible gum disease or other problems, such as using the incorrect techniques when brushing and flossing, a health condition that may need evaluation by a physician, or a side effect from a medicine being taken.

When you visit Dr. Pylant in Athens, GA, he will do a comprehensive evaluation and determine if you have gum disease, or distinguish if your symptoms are from other conditions so that you can get the treatment you need.

Receding Gums

As your gum disease advances, your gums tend to pull away from your teeth. Your teeth may begin to look a little longer than usual as they lose some gum covering.

If you think your gums are receding, do not hesitate to schedule your periodontal appointment immediately. Receding gums are a precursor for tooth loss.

Loose Teeth

Loose teeth are only acceptable if you are a child waiting for the Tooth Fairy. If you have permanent teeth, they should stay securely in your jaw.

If you notice your teeth shifting as you chew, there is a problem. It is a race against tooth loss, and you may only be able to save your teeth by seeing a periodontist immediately.

Bad Breath

Bad breath that refuses to go away even after brushing your teeth and tongue might indicate gum disease.

As the food-debris bacteria which causes gum disease builds up in your mouth, it can give your breath an unpleasant odor.

Have you experienced any of these signs and symptoms? Call (706) 543-0026 to schedule your appointment with your periodontist, Dr. Pylant in Athens, GA, as soon as possible if you do not want gum disease to damage your smile.

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F. Neal Pylant, D.M.D., P.C.


375 Hawthorne Lane Athens, GA 30606-2153