The answer is gum disease. While this may be startling to Portland, Gladstone, and Gresham residents, there is a bright side:
Gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.
Regular check-ups with your Clackamas dentist are essential, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.
1. Gums that bleed very easily
2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
6. Loose or separating teeth
If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today. Avoiding these problems is ideal, but brushing isn’t enough. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.
My name is Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS and my practice, Brookside Dental serves the Gresham, Oregon City, and Gladstone areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Many of our patients seek specifics about smile makeovers. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look!
Our practice specializes in:
Invisalign invisible braces
Contact us at 503-905-3380 and a member of our friendly staff can make an appointment for you. During your consultation, you can meet with Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS about swollen gums, veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and more.
We hope to see you soon at one of our two locations!
Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS
9225 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 1
The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/gum_warnings.htm, accessed on October 22, 2014