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Signs That You May Have Periodontal Disease

Do your gums bleed easily or look a little puffy? You may have periodontal (gum) disease. Without prompt treatment, the disease can ruin your smile and your oral health. Your New Lenox, IL, dentists, Dr. Aroon Pal and Dr. Amer Atassi, offer treatments that will help restore the health of your gums. Call them as soon as possible if you notice any of these common periodontal disease signs and symptoms.

Bleeding gums

Many people overlook bleeding, considering it a minor issue. Unfortunately, ignoring your bleeding gums can delay periodontal disease treatment and increase the risk of a severe infection that can loosen your teeth. If your gums bleed when you brush, floss or eat hard foods, you may have gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease.

Bad breath

When bad breath becomes more than just an occasional problem, gum disease may be to blame.

Receding gums

Periodontal disease attacks gum tissue, causing it to recede. Recession may expose your roots and make your teeth look longer.


Even the slightest pressure on inflamed gums can send pain shooting through your mouth. Your symptoms may increase when you eat, brush and floss. If receding gums have exposed your sensitive tooth roots, you may experience pain when you consume cold, hot or sugary foods and drinks.

A change in the way your gums look

Several other changes, in addition to receding gums, can affect the appearance of your gums if you have periodontal disease. Your gums may appear puffy and red or you may see sores or pus on them. If the disease worsens, deep spaces called pockets may form around your teeth.

Loose teeth

If your disease remains untreated, bacteria may begin to damage or destroy the bones, gum tissue and ligaments that hold your teeth firmly in place. Eventually, your teeth may loosen or fall out. Before this happens, you may notice a difference in the way your teeth fit together. Gum disease can also affect the fit of partial dentures.

Your New Lenox dentist can help you overcome gum disease

A visit to the dentist is a must if you develop any of these symptoms. Gingivitis can often be reversed with a dental cleaning or a deep cleaning, while severe periodontal disease may be treated with antibiotics, gum surgery, bone or gum grafts, or tooth restoration.

Protect your oral health with periodontal disease treatment! Call your New Lenox, IL, dentists, Dr. Aroon Pal and Dr. Amer Atassi, at (815) 717-8793 to schedule an appointment.

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