Five Subtle Signs of Gum Disease
- Posted on: Jan 17 2014
Gingivitis, also known as gum disease or periodontal disease, is a serious condition that is very dangerous to ignore. Gingivitis is one of the most common untreated infections, with three out of four adults developing the condition, although many are unaware that they have it.
There are five early signs of gum disease that you should watch out for, since ignoring the symptoms of gingivitis and not treating it right away often causes it to become worse. Untreated gum disease can lead to painfully sensitive gums and bone or tooth loss, which will possibly require costly treatments and/or surgery to repair.
- Tenderness. The first sign that you may have gum disease is if they feel tender. If your gums have been feeling progressively more sensitive when you brush or floss, it’s important to have you mouth evaluated for any infections and signs of periodontitis.
- Color. Healthy gums are a light pink color, but infected gums are red, inflamed and sore. Take note if there are any changes in the color and appearance of your gums – especially if this is accompanied by swelling.
- Bleeding. Even healthy gums sometimes bleed after a thorough or brushing or flossing, but bleeding gums shouldn’t be an everyday occurrence. If you’re frequently noticing blood on your toothbrush after brushing, see your dentist.
- Taste. Periodontal disease can cause the sufferer to experience a seemingly unexplained, lingering bad taste in their mouth. Gingivitis can also cause chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis.
- Texture. Healthy gums feel smooth to the touch, while infected gums may feel irritated, soft and raw. A healthy gumline should also be fairly firm and should not be pulling away from the teeth at the point where they meet.
Because the early signs of gingivitis are subtle, it’s important to regularly check for these red flags, and to see a dentist right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Thankfully, with the right treatment and proper oral hygiene, a mouth with gingivitis can be reversed back to its healthy condition, so it’s important to nip the spread of gingivitis in the bud, before it develops into a more severe, damaging form of gum disease.
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