Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Hickory Hills, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
(708) 598-8363>
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Gum disease occurs when bacteria grows on and under the gums. Gum disease is progressive, which means that if it’s not properly treated by our Hickory Hills, IL, dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, it could lead to tooth loss, severe gum damage, and even damage to the jawbone. Here’s what you should know about gum disease and its warning signs:

Gum Disease Has Stages

When the gums are inflamed this is known as gingivitis. If our Hickory Hills, IL, family dentist detects gingivitis during your next checkup, the good news is that it can be reversed by just improving your oral care routine and lifestyle. Of course, if gingivitis isn’t properly cared for, it can turn into periodontitis, or gum disease.

You May Not Experience Any Symptoms

It is possible to have gum disease and not realize it. The goal of our dental team is to prevent cavities and gum disease from happening to you in the first place. This is why six-month dental visits are important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. We can pinpoint inflammation and pockets of infection within the gums that you may not even notice. By catching problems early, we can prevent gingivitis from turning into full-blown gum disease.

Be Able to Recognize the Warning Signs

Sometimes your gums may let you know that something isn’t right, and when they do, it’s important that you pay attention. Some early signs of gum disease will start out subtle, and they may include,

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Gums that are sensitive or tender to the touch

As gum disease progresses you may notice,

  • Receding gum line
  • Gaps between teeth and gums
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in your bite

Our dentist, Dr. Mrugala, and his team provide dental treatment and care to families and individuals of all ages living in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL. If you are noticing changes in your gums, it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup with us. Call us at (630) 963-8680 (Westmont) or (708) 598-8363 (Hickory Hills).