How Can You Tell if You Have an Infection in Your Gums?

Las Vegas Dentist Serving Summerlin, Spring Valley and Nearby Nevada Locations

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An infection in your gums requires prompt, professional treatment. If left untreated, you increase your risk for a multitude of health problems, and you may even lose your teeth. It’s important to know the signs of gum disease and infection, so you can seek help before the disease progresses.  

Dr. Jorge Paez can diagnose and treat all stages of gum disease. He is caring and knowledgeable and will create a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health.

Gum Disease Symptoms

While brushing and flossing can keep plaque from accumulating, a lack of adequate oral hygiene can lead to the hardening of plaque, which results in tartar. You cannot remove tartar with regular brushing, and it traps bacteria, causing infections.

patient getting dental gum examThe sooner you treat a gum infection, the better your chances for quick recovery. If you experience the following symptoms, do not delay in contacting Dr. Paez for a consultation:

Plaque and tartar buildup:

  • Discoloration – Tartar can lock in stains, causing a yellow or brownish tint on your teeth.
  • Gums that bleed - When plaque and tartar form on the teeth, it can inflame your gums, which can cause them to bleed when brushing or flossing.
  • Tender, red, or swollen gums – Inflammation caused by plaque and tartar can cause these symptoms to arise.

Gum recession:

  • Observable decrease of gum tissue – When inflammation causes gums to recede, more and more of the tooth is visible. As the gums pull away from the teeth, pockets form where food particles can get stuck and bacteria can grow.
  • Pain or sensitivity at the gum line – As gums recede, sensitive parts of the tooth are exposed, which can cause pain and sensitivity.
  • Loose teeth – Without adequate gum tissue, teeth are not supported and can become loose.

Bite and breath issues:

  • Bite misalignment – Changes in how your teeth come together may indicate gum disease.
  • Persistent bad breath – The bacteria that get trapped in gum pockets can cause bad breath.
  • Bad taste in your mouth – Bacteria can also produce a bad taste in your mouth.

Gum Disease Risk Factors

Certain behaviors and conditions can put you at a higher risk for periodontal disease. If any of the following apply to you, and you also have some of the symptoms listed above, it is in your best interest to schedule an appointment with our office.

  • Hormonal factors – Changes in hormone levels can cause sensitivity and increase your risk for plaque buildup.
  • Inadequate oral hygiene – If you don’t brush and floss regularly, you are more prone to serious plaque and tartar.
  • Smoking – Smoking impedes your body’s healing process, making you more susceptible to gum infection.
  • Prescription medications – Some medications cause dry mouth. A lack of saliva to flush bacteria off teeth contributes to plaque buildup.
  • Medical conditions – Medical conditions that affect your immune system can interfere with the body’s healing process.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Though you may not love visiting the dentist, don’t wait to address your gum disease symptoms. Early intervention means less invasive treatment. Dr. Paez utilizes a variety of techniques to help his patients regain their oral health.

Call us today at 702-737-3553 to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Paez treats patients in the Spring Valley, Summerlin, and Las Vegas, Nevada areas.