Early gum disease symptoms, such as bleeding gums and chronic bad breath, are important clues to address with your dental care professional. This becomes even more important if you notice that your teeth are starting to feel loose. Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik in the Asheville, NC region can help. When teeth loosen or fall out in the absence of injury or trauma, periodontitis is often the cause. Periodontitis happens when bacteria living underneath the gum line starts to attack the gum tissue and bone, essentially destroying the support structures that teeth depend on to stay strong and healthy. Getting professional treatment is the only way to stop gum disease from getting worse.
Common Gum Disease Symptoms
• Gum tissue that feels tender, looks swollen and red, or bleeds
• Pus around the teeth
• Pieces of food getting stuck around the teeth
• Receding gums
• Chronic bad breath
Steps to Take to Avoid Loose Teeth and Other Gum Disease Symptoms
Practicing good oral hygiene every day is critical to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brush and floss after meals and visit our office for regular checkups and cleanings. Supporting your immune system with regular exercise and eating a healthful diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is also important. In some cases, taking certain vitamin supplements may help to manage gum disease symptoms, but check with your physician first.
Treating Loose Teeth and Gum Disease Symptoms
If you notice that your teeth do feel loose, please call us today. We have a variety of treatments that can help to manage gum disease symptoms and address periodontitis. A thorough dental exam and cleaning is sometimes all it takes to get the teeth and gums back to good health. In other cases, laser gum surgery, which is a gentle, state of the art procedure, is the best way to go. Additional treatments to prevent or address tooth loss include scaling and root planing therapy, antibiotics, gingival and bone grafts, dental implants
, and others.
Gum disease is treatable. If you have loose or missing teeth or other gum disease symptoms, please call
Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik in the Asheville, NC region today for your personalized consultation.