Do you take your gum health seriously? For most of us, we zone in on the look and feel of our pearly whites, but neglect to pay attention to our gums. Your gums are the soft tissues of your mouth that support your teeth. They play a vital role in both your dental health and overall health.
Gum disease can begin as puffy, red gums and end with tooth loss. Periodontal disease destroys smiles. Periodontitis (or gum disease) is essentially the destruction of attached gum tissue and bone support around the teeth. As the condition worsens, the gums recede and pull away from the tooth root. Your teeth will then be more mobile and may eventually fall out. Contrary to popular belief, gum disease causes more tooth loss than decay.
The key to preventing gum disease from wreaking havoc on your smile? Early detection and early treatment. Although your dentist will carefully monitor your gum health every six months, it is important that you know what to look out for at home.
Here are 3 classic symptoms of gum disease:
Do your gums bleed every time you brush and floss? This may be your first sign of gingivitis, or early gum disease. If you are re-establishing your flossing habits, it is normal to have some mild bleeding for the first several days. However, if it does not resolve, you may need gum disease treatment.
When oral hygiene is poor and plaque and tartar build beneath the gum line, inflammation develops. This is noted by the presence of swollen and tender gums. You may also notice that your gums look more red or even bluish due to the inflammation. Inflamed gums are also an indication that your immune system is compromised.
It is true that the majority of bad breath sufferers need a good tongue brushing. However, if you have gum disease, the foul odor could be coming from bacteria that is residing deep within your gum pockets. No amount of mouthwash, mints or brushing can eliminate this. A deep cleaning or periodontal treatment from your dentist may be your only answer to get rid of halitosis caused by gum disease.
Other symptoms of gum disease include gum recession, tartar buildup, and loose teeth. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please let us know as soon as possible. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and premature birth. You are taking a serious risk if you neglect the signs of gum disease. In most cases, we can reverse gum disease before it is too late.