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What are some symptoms of gum disease?

Mouth being examined with dental instrument | Dentist Toronto ONGum disease is a prevalent condition among adults, and many aren't aware that they have it. This is because there is not very much pain or many symptoms that are associated with periodontal disease in the beginning and it progresses slowly at first.

First Signs of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and some symptoms to look for are:

  • Gum tissue that appears irritated, red or swollen
  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth
  • Chronic bad breath (halitosis) that doesn't go away

Gingivitis can usually be controlled with a thorough cleaning with your hygienist and upgrades to your home care routine. If you notice these symptoms, contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental right away for an examination and cleaning.

Advanced Gum Disease

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease where you may start to notice that your gums are receding, or you have tenderness or discomfort when you bite or chew, or your teeth begin to feel mobile. This stage requires a deeper cleaning below the gum line to remove the plaque and tartar that are causing your infection. You may also need antibiotic therapy and even surgery in some cases.

Your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental is well-equipped to help with periodontal disease as Dr. Joo can even perform gum grafting surgeries here in our Toronto, ON office. Contact us today for more information.

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