Gum disease is widespread in the U.S., and estimates indicate that nearly half of all adults over age 30 have it. In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis and is easy to treat and reverse. The reason it’s so prevalent is that many people don’t recognize the signs.

At James Island Dental Associates, we’ve seen the severe consequences of untreated gum disease. By making you aware of its symptoms, our dentists in Charleston, SC hope to motivate you to seek the prompt treatment you need.

Signs of Gum Disease to Look For

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects your gum tissue and, eventually, the bone that supports your teeth. Signs to look for are:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush
  • Swollen, inflamed, or irritated gums
  • A change in the way your dental bite feels
  • Bad breath that mouthwash can’t resolve
  • Teeth that feel loose to the touch

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If you notice any of these, you may have gingivitis. Our dentists in Charleston will first need to perform an exam to determine the extent of gum disease. Based on those findings, we will develop a treatment plan to get the infection under control.

Please call us at (843) 762-1234 to schedule your next dental cleaning!