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How to Spot Gum Disease

by | Mar 2, 2020 | Oral Health

Gum disease can be a silent problem, but it is surprisingly common, with 1 out of 2 adults experiencing some form of gum disease. The good news is, in its earlier stages it is easily treated, and prevented by the simple act of daily brushing and flossing. It can fly under the radar, as it isn’t as obvious as a cavity or a toothache. But it isn’t hard to learn how to spot gum disease, read on to find 5 symptoms that you may want to discuss with your dentist!

Tender Gums

If your gums are tender, bleeding after brushing, this could be a result of gum disease. Brushing and flossing twice a day can help to reduce the plaque that is causing the inflammation and irritation that precipitates bleeding. Salt water rinses and consistent dental hygiene can be helpful in fighting gum disease, but you should always mention gum bleeding to your dentist, as it may be an early warning sign. Early gum disease, or Gingivitis, can be treated fairly simply with diligent dental hygiene.

Bad Breath

Persistent bad breath can often be a symptom of a more serious problem. If you cannot seem to kick the bad breath to the curb, talk to your dentist about the possible causes. Bad breath that is untouched by regular and consistent oral hygiene can also be a worrying symptom indicating a deeper issue. When in doubt, make sure to discuss this with your dentist, as they may know the probable causes, and be able to help you plan an appropriate treatment.

Gum Appearance

If your gum appearance is altered, this can be a sign of more advanced gum disease, like Periodontal Disease. White spots, appearance of infections, or the appearance of gums pulling away from the teeth can all be indicators of gum disease, and should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist may even refer you to a specialist called a Periodontist if your gum disease is the more advanced kind.

Loose teeth

Loose permanent teeth is generally a cause for alarm, and one cause of this may be advanced gum disease. A Periodontist or Dentist can help diagnose and work with you to plan treatment. Advanced gum disease can cause tooth or bone loss, but the earlier it can be caught or treated, the less likely that is to happen.

Changing Bite

Similar to the loose teeth, gum disease can cause shifts in bite. Again, be sure to discuss this with your dentist, as they may be able to help diagnose the cause, and help you plan a course of treatment that will prevent any further gum disease.

Gum disease can range from the minor and easily treated Gingivitis, to the more advanced Periodontal disease. Ultimately the best treatment is preventative care. The importance of diligent dental hygiene that includes brushing and flossing cannot be overstated. Also early recognition at regular dental cleanings can catch gum disease early when it is easily treated. Call our Port Lavaca Dental Office to schedule a dental cleaning today, and get a handle on your dental health.