Every time that we eat or chew gum or even smile to take a picture, it’s a reminder of just how important our teeth and gums are. Yet unfortunately, there are literally thousands of people who suffer from gum disease each year. And when it’s left undetected or untreated, it can eventually lead to all kinds of expensive and permanent oral issues.
If you’d like to do what you can to avoid contracting gum disease, it’s important that you’re aware of what the early signs are. Here are five of the top ones.
Red gums. If someone were to ask you to tell them what the normal shade of healthy gums are, what answer would you give them? If you didn’t say “pink”, then you would be incorrect. Although the shade of pink can vary, if your gums are looking red or even purple, that is almost a guarantee that there is some kind of infection inside of your mouth. If you notice this is happening with your gums, don’t ignore it. Speak with your dentist as soon as you can.
Swollen gums. There are actually an overwhelming amount of individuals who have swollen gums and don’t really know it. It’s because they are used to seeing small bumps along their gum line when the reality is that healthy gums are to lie flat and tight along your teeth. If yours do not, there is probably fluid that has filled up inside of your gums in order to fight off any infection that you might have. You should make an appointment with your dentist to confirm if this is the case.
Bleeding gums. If every time that you brush your teeth your gums bleed, this isn’t something that you should see as being “normal”. Unless you were in some kind of accident where your mouth experienced some level of trauma, your gums should not bleed for any reason. It’s another indication that you have some kind of infection inside of your mouth.
Receding gums. Is it starting to look like some of your teeth are looking longer than others? If so, it’s not because your teeth are growing. It’s usually because your gums are receding. When gum disease is transitioning from a moderate to advanced stage, the tissue starts to weaken and pull away from your teeth. One thing to keep in mind about gum recession is that more times than not, it will ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Bad breath. If you were to ask a dentist or dental hygienist who works at a dentist office like Embassy Dental for early signs of gum disease, one of the things that they would probably tell you is that you should pay attention to your breath. Although everyone has bad breath from time to time, if you notice that no matter how much your brush, floss and use a mouth rinse, your breath is not sweet, it’s usually due to a build-up of plaque or tartar; that ultimately is the cause of the beginning stages of gum disease. For information on how to effectively treat gum disease, contact your dentist.