Patients may be surprised to learn that out of all the dental health issue a person can experience over the course of their lives, gum disease (also referred to as a periodontal disease) is both the common and the most destructive. In fact, a staggering majority of the population is already suffering from a stage of this condition, and many aren’t even aware of it in the first place! While the early stages of gum disease are relatively mild, it can lead to potentially destructive consequences if left untreated for too long, including debilitating pain, jawbone deterioration, and tooth loss. Here in Naperville, IL, Dr. Paul Caputo takes the threat of gum disease very seriously; that’s why he and his team make sure to educate patients about the dental facts associated with it and what they can do to protect their smiles. If you’re still a few months away from a check-up, here are some symptoms you can keep an eye in the comfort of your own home:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed during or after brushing/flossing
- Bad breath that isn’t alleviated by brushing, flossing, or mouthwash
- Teeth that appear longer (this means that your gums are receding)
- A sudden change in the way your bite feels or fits together
Of course, it’s important to remember that in many cases of gum disease, symptoms are slow to manifest. That’s why it’s important to attend regular check-ups with Dr. Caputo, who will thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums for any signs of decay or damage that could be related to gum disease and treat it accordingly.
Contact our Naperville office today to schedule an appointment! Our team is happy to welcome patients from all walks to life to indulge in our warm, comprehensive dental care. We also serve the areas of Bolingbrook, Aurora, Plainfield, Romeoville, and beyond.