Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It is also one of the most overlooked oral health issues out there. This is probably because the signs of gum disease tend to be very subtle in comparison to other dental problems.
Unfortunately, over 50% of American adults suffer from gum disease. If you think that you might be part of that statistic, do not be afraid. There are many options for gum disease treatment when it is found early. The most important part is that you become vigilant and aware of your oral health. If you are wondering what to look for when it comes to gum disease detection, below is a list of the early signs.
Swollen, Red Gums
Inflammation of the gums is often caused by bacteria that accumulates around the teeth. This is the case when the bacteria is not being removed by brushing, flossing, and bi-annual dental cleanings. If left untreated, this bacteria can turn into gum disease. Any signs of swollen or red gums should be addressed as early as possible with a dentist.
Are your teeth bleeding after brushing or flossing? This is likely a sign of gingivitis, a gum disease. Luckily, gingivitis has the potential of being reversed with the proper technique of daily brushing and flossing.
Loose teeth should be a sign of concern. If you have any teeth that can be moved with a light push of your tongue, please seek dental assistance. This is a big sign of advanced gum disease.
Have you noticed that your teeth are getting “longer”? Spaces between the teeth that resemble triangles are often a sign of gum recession. Gum recession can be linked to gum disease.
There are several issues that could lead to tooth sensitivity. However, it is important to not disregard the fact that one of those reasons could very likely be gum disease. Receding gums tend to expose the root of the tooth. This can make teeth more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
Plaque can turn into tartar when it is not removed from the teeth properly. Tartar can become bacteria that will lead to gum disease. Being proactive with regards to plaque buildup is your best line of defense. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and get your dental cleanup once every six months without fail.
Sometimes bacteria moves below the gum tissues. A place where it can thrive since it can not be reached by toothbrushes or floss. Due to the fact that it cannot be reached by everyday dental hygiene tools, it develops a funky smell. Be alert for alcohol or rotten apples smells in your mouth. This could be a sign of gum disease.
If you feel that you might be suffering from gum disease, please do not wait for your symptoms to escalate. There are many more options to dealing with the issue when caught early than there are when the disease has advanced. Our team here at Alluvial has tools to help you combat this issue. Please give us a call to set up an appointment and discuss your options.