Every day, your teeth are subjected to the chemicals in the foods and drinks you consume. This is why it is important to have a good brushing and flossing routine to regularly remove the bacteria that loves to cling to your teeth. It is also important to see your periodontist in Dallas, TX, at least twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. If it has been a while since your last visit and you notice some sudden pain while you are chewing, it is likely that you have developed gum disease.
The Effects of Gum Disease
Also known as periodontitis, gum disease occurs when bacteria builds up around the teeth and starts to affect the gums as well. There may be pockets of bacteria that develop around the teeth and erode the enamel. As it does this, it may also cause the gums to recede, eventually exposing the roots of the teeth and putting them at risk of falling out.
Pain while chewing is but an early symptom of periodontitis. It is also important to keep in mind that if the pain goes away, that does not mean the gum disease is gone – in fact, it could be a sign that the disease has advanced. You may notice other common symptoms of a problem:
- Swollen or tender gums
- Red or purple-colored gums
- Bleeding when flossing or brushing
- Bad breath
- Larger gaps between teeth
- Longer-looking teeth
Dr. Vikram Gandhi of Firewheel Dental Implants and Periodontics can help you treat your periodontitis. The first step is to schedule a checkup so Dr. Gandhi can assess how advanced the gum disease is. Our team checks how easily the gums bleed and how much of the teeth are exposed. We then begin by cleaning the teeth and create a plan of treatment to reduce the pain you are experiencing while chewing.
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