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Top 5 Symptoms of Gum Disease

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
a close up of a mouth with inflamed gumsYour gums, the delicate pink tissue hugging your teeth, play a vital role in maintaining a healthy smile. But just like any other body part, they are susceptible to trouble. So, how do you know if your gums are trying to tell you something? Here are five key signs to watch out for:

Bleeding Gums

Healthy gums should not bleed when you brush or floss. If you notice even a small amount of blood on your toothbrush or floss, it could be a sign of early-stage gum disease, known as gingivitis. This is the way your body signals inflammation in the gums caused by plaque buildup.

Red and Swollen Gums

Healthy gums appear pink and firm. However, due to gum disease, inflamed gums often become red, puffy, and tender. You might also experience discomfort or sensitivity when brushing or flossing. These signs indicate ongoing irritation and potential infection in the gum tissue.

Receding Gums

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue around your teeth shrinks or pulls away, exposing more of the tooth root. This can create pockets between the teeth and gums, making them more prone to plaque buildup and further gum disease progression.

Persistent Bad Breath

Persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a symptom of gum disease. Bacteria that thrive in plaque and tartar on the teeth and gum line can produce sulfur compounds, contributing to bad breath. While other factors like food choices can also cause bad breath, persistent odor despite good oral hygiene practices warrants a visit to the dentist.

Loose Teeth

In advanced stages of gum disease, the supportive bone and tissue around the teeth deteriorate, leading to loose teeth. This can significantly affect your ability to chew comfortably. Early detection and treatment of gum disease are crucial to prevent tooth loss.

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease can help prevent it from progressing and causing further complications.

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