Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is a sneaky condition. It starts silently but can lead to serious dental and health problems if left unchecked. Luckily, early detection can help in managing and even reversing the disease. Here are the telltale signs to look out for:
- Red, Swollen Gums: One of the earliest signs is inflammation. If your gums are red, swollen, or tender, it could be a sign of gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease.
- Bleeding Gums: Ever noticed a pink tinge when you spit out toothpaste after brushing? Or bleeding when flossing? This isn’t normal. Healthy gums shouldn’t bleed regularly.
- Receding Gums: If your teeth look longer than they used to, it might not be your imagination. Gum recession is a sign of gum disease progression.
- Persistent Bad Breath: We all experience bad breath (halitosis) occasionally, but if it’s chronic, it might be due to gum disease. This is caused by the bacteria that thrive in the pockets formed between gums and teeth.
- Pus Between Teeth and Gums: The presence of pus is an alarming sign and indicates an active infection.
- Loose or Shifting Teeth: As gum disease advances, it affects the bone structure holding your teeth. This can lead to loose teeth or a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- Change in the Fit of Dentures: For those wearing partial dentures or bridges, a change in fit might indicate bone loss due to gum disease.
- Increased Tooth Sensitivity: Receding gums can expose the root of the tooth. This can make your teeth more sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages.
Remember, gum disease can creep up without pain, making regular dental check-ups vital. If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate. Reach out to us for a thorough evaluation. Early detection and treatment can prevent further complications and keep your smile healthy.