What Are the Top Three Symptoms People Typically Notice When Early Gum Disease Is Present?
Posted on 5/24/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Gum disease, characterized by gum tissue inflammation, is a leading cause of tooth loss in most adults. The disease is usually painless, and most people will not experience any symptoms until its advanced stages. However, the absence of the signs does not imply the absence of disease, which is why you should look out for its symptoms while still practicing good oral hygiene. This is because early detection will prevent its advancement to severe periodontal disease. The top three signs that can signal gum disease include swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, and gum recession.
Swollen or Bleeding Gums
Healthy gums will not bleed when you brush your teeth. However, if you practice poor oral hygiene, you will have a plaque buildup around your teeth. The plaque will start to irritate your gums and make them swollen and sensitive; hence, more susceptible to bleeding when you either brush or floss your teeth. This is usually the first stage of gum disease, also called gingivitis.
Bad breath is a common occurrence, and with proper brushing and flossing, you can restore your fresh breath. However, if you still have persistent bad breath after brushing or using mouth wash, it could be a sign of gum disease. This bad breath usually results from the gases emitted by harmful mouth bacteria that accumulate in the mouth.
Usually, healthy teeth should have their gums properly attached around the tooth. If you have gum disease, your gum tissues will pull away from your teeth and expose your teeth' roots. This leaves the teeth at a higher risk of infection, decay, or even loss. If untreated, the recession will advance, and the pockets will become deeper, making it difficult to remove food debris with regular brushing. You may also have tooth sensitivity due to the exposure of your teeth' nerves. While the above signs look like normal oral occurrence, they are signs of gum disease, and you should contact us for diagnosis and treatment.
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