Watch out for these early signs of gum disease

  • Posted on: Jul 21 2017

Did you know that among people over the age of 35, more tooth loss is attributed to gum disease than it is to cavities? It might be hard to believe, but the health of our gums has an impact on the health of the rest of our bodies, too. Gum disease is connected to heart issues, pregnancy complications and more, and New Yorkers are far from immune. That’s why we stress the importance of oral health with our patients and encourage routine checkups to take a closer look at gums.

The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It’s root cause is built-up plaque left behind by food, drinks, and poor brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is common, but thankfully, it is simple to recognize and fairly easy to treat. The following is a list of early warning signs of gum disease. If any of these symptoms seem familiar for you, consider booking an appointment to have a dentist do an evaluation.

Bleeding

Do you see pink in the sink after brushing or flossing? Do the gum areas around your teeth look a darker shade of red compared to the rest of your mouth? Excessive blood from your gums is a tell-tale sign of gingivitis, and ignoring it and hoping for the best won’t make it go away.

Spacing

Healthy gums should sit right next to your teeth. Do you notice any spaces between your gums and your teeth? It might look like small pockets have formed between the two. If so, gingivitis might be present, as impacted gums tend to recede away from the bone. This can be a harbor for stray food, perpetuating your plaque buildup problem.

Bad breath

Do food smells tend to linger longer in your mouth than they used to? Have you noticed that people avoid speaking with you or step back when you are having a conversation? Chronic bad breath is another warning sign of gingivitis. Before you pop yet another breath mint, consider if something larger is causing the smell.

Pain

Gingivitis can also be painful when it causes sores. While the occasional canker sore is nothing to be alarmed about, chronic sores could be a warning that something bigger is taking place. There’s no need to suffer when treatment is available.

Misalignment

Human teeth are always shifting, so small changes in the way your teeth fit together are normal over the years. At the same time, a change in the way your teeth are arranged can also be caused by gingivitis. If you’re wondering what’s causing movement in your mouth, it might be worth a trip to the dentist.

The best way to treat gingivitis is to keep it from happening in the first place. Stick to a regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings by a pro. You should also take note of what you put into your mouth. Avoid unnecessarily chewy or sugary foods that will leave plaque-causing debris behind. You should also work to avoid tobacco products.

If you are diagnosed with gingivitis, don’t panic! You’ll have some work to do to get things back to normal, but take comfort in the fact that you caught it early when treatment is still possible. By consulting with Concerned Dental Care promptly, you will be protecting your appearance and your general health. We can be reached at 800.583.9285 or by filling out the contact form on our website.

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