5 Signs You May Have Gum Disease
Did you know gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss? Sometimes, despite diligent effort, gum disease will manifest and wreak havoc on your oral health. Stay on vigilant lookout for the following gum disease warning signs.
#1: Painful Gums
If your gums ache or are sensitive to the touch, you may be afflicted with gum disease. As the body fights the infection, the rush of white blood cells to the infected areas will cause swelling and tenderness. Watch out for abnormally colored gums as well, because red gums may also signal gum disease.
Sores are a strong sign that something is amiss in your mouth. If you wear braces, retainers, or dentures, first check that they are properly fitted. Sometimes pieces of the equipment will rub along the gums and cause sores. If that’s not the case, a spontaneous sore is an indication of infection.
#2: Easy Bleeding
Gums should never bleed. They should be a strong, resilient force in the mouth. It is not normal to experience bleeding with flossing or brushing. If you notice this symptom of gum disease, make an appointment with your dental care provider at your earliest convenience.
#3: Teeth Movement
Loose teeth could indicate gum disease because the gums help support the dentition. As the gum tissue cells fight infection, it’s structure weakens, and the teeth suffer.
Also, be on the lookout for a change in your occlusion, aka the way teeth fit together. If your slight over or underbite is suddenly more pronounced, it could mean your teeth are shifting without the support of healthy gums.
#4: Persistent Bad Breath
Often, bad breath is caused by either poor dietary choices or a lax hygienic routine. If this is your only symptom, consider eliminating other causes to determine the origin of your bad breath. Implement a strict, regular hygienic routine and keep in mind how your body reacts to certain foods.
If bad breath persists despite proper hygiene and diet or is present alongside other symptoms, it is likely that you are afflicted with gum disease.
#5: Receding Gums
The gums should remain at normal length for most (if not all) of your life. If it appears that your teeth are elongating, it is because the gums are receding due to gum disease. The weakened tissue will lose mass as it dies fighting the infection.
You need not worry about the aesthetics of your smile, because once the infection is cleared a dentist can restore the fullness of your gums with a gum graft procedure.
For more information on gum disease diagnostics and treatment, visit the office of Dr. Ruiz.