For most of us, it’s been quite a long time since we lost a tooth — and when we did, it was probably accompanied by a visit from the tooth fairy. But the prevalence of periodontal disease means that losing a tooth as an adult can be a very real risk. Without impeccable dental hygiene, tooth decay can set in. But what should you look out for? Here are four warning signs that you may be at risk of losing a tooth.

Your gums bleed excessively

Every once in awhile, we all experience gum bleeding, maybe after an especially vigorous brushing or deep cleaning procedure. But if you notice that your gums bleed even after a light brushing or randomly, without provocation, you could be at risk for losing a tooth. Bleeding gums are a sign of advanced gingivitis, and gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease. Fortunately, gingivitis is something you can fix simply by taking better care of your teeth. Periodontal disease, however, can be more difficult to treat.

Your gums are receding

If you experience pain while you brush your teeth near your gums, it may be because your gums have started to recede. If so, it is a clear sign that your gums are not as healthy as they could be, and poor gum health is often an early sign of disease. This, again, is another thing that you can correct and reverse if you begin taking better care of your teeth.

You have constant halitosis

Halitosis is just the technical term for bad breath — and it often refers to more than what we all experience if we eat too much garlic. Halitosis is persistent, no matter how much mouthwash you use, and it is usually a sign of gum disease and tooth decay.

You experience sudden tooth pain

If you find that you are having sudden and intense reactions to heat and cold, it could be a sign of a dental abscess. A dental abscess is a bacterial infection of the gum near the root of the tooth, or in the tooth itself. It often causes terrible toothaches, fevers, and tenderness in local lymph nodes. This is a particularly serious condition, because if you don’t have it treated, not only are you at risk for losing your tooth, but the infection could also spread to the rest of your body and cause other health problems.

And if you do lose a tooth…we can help

At the Dental Implant Experts, we know that you take your teeth seriously, and want to make sure that you are armed with all of the information you need to fully understand your dental and periodontal health. Sometimes, however, tooth loss happens despite our best efforts. If you have lost a tooth, or several teeth, replacing them with dental implants can help prevent further problems that come from missing teeth. Dental implants also enhance smiles and restore lost confidence.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, know that our dental professionals are here to help you. Give us a call or drop by our office in Rancho Bernardo to schedule an appointment or a consultation today.