What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?There are several signs you may have gum disease. Unfortunately, many of these signs only show up when gum disease is already at an advanced stage. This is why it’s important to have regularly scheduled dental check-ups. However, if you experience any of the following three signs, it would be wise to make an appointment with Supreme Dentistry:
Bleeding GumsYour gums should never bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. If they do, it could be a sign of gum disease. This is because plaque and tartar buildup causes inflammation in the gums, making them vulnerable to bleeding during brushing and flossing.
Receding GumsAnother sign of gum disease is receding gums. This is when your gums start to pull away from the teeth and begin to expose more of your tooth enamel. When this happens, it can lead to further issues like cavities and tooth loss.
Excessively Red or Swollen GumsSensitive or swollen gums are the first signs they need attention. An issue is likely if your gums are tender, cause pain when touched, or easily bleed after regular brushing and flossing.
Bad BreathThere are millions of bacteria in the human mouth. Even for individuals who have good oral hygiene, plaque (the sticky, pale-colored film that collects on and between teeth) can build up, giving bacteria even more fuel to grow and damage your teeth and gums. This can lead to gingivitis, an early stage of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around your teeth and can cause tooth loss. Bad breath is a sign of plaque buildup, and catching it early prevents gingivitis and further periodontal disease.
Sensitive TeethA symptom of gum disease that often goes hand-in-hand with receding gums is tooth sensitivity because the tooth’s dentin is exposed. You may have periodontal issues if drinking cold or hot liquids or certain sugary or acidic foods causes you sudden tooth pain or discomfort.
How to Treat Gum Disease?If you are experiencing any of the signs of gum disease—Don’t worry. With the proper treatment, you can prevent further damage and even reverse the effects of the disease. The key to treating gum disease is a combination of good oral hygiene habits and professional intervention. Some ways of treating and preventing gum disease can include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet that limits sugar and processed foods
- Avoiding smoking or chewing tobacco
- Visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings