Dental Problems

Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. It is the number one reason for tooth loss in adults in the U.S. It also affects quite a lot of children. Gum diseases can be easily treated if recognized in the early stages. This can be done by being aware of the warning signs of gum diseases and watching out for them.

If you notice any of the following signs, immediately go visit your dentist.

  • Your gums bleed easily, like when brushing, flossing or chewing coarse food.
  • Your gums are persistently red, tender and/or swollen.
  • You can observe pus in between the gums and the teeth when they are pressed together.
  • Your gums seem to be sagging below your teeth.
  • You have a persistent bad breath.
  • You constantly experience a bad taste in the mouth.
  • When you bite in to food, you see that there is a change in the alignment of your teeth.
  • Your teeth are moving and they are separating.
  • The fit of your dentures has changed.

When are you likely to get gum disease

Gum disease is caused by plaque getting deposited around the gumlines. Plaque attracts bacteria, which release substances that damage the teeth and the gums.

You are likely to get plaque related gum disease if

  • You do not brush your teeth atleast twice daily.
  • You do not use a tooth paste that contains fluoride.
  • You do not floss regularly. Sometimes brushing is not enough to remove plaque, so you need to floss.
  • You do not visit a dentist for regular check ups.
  • You regularly eat food which encourages the growth of plaque and bacteria. Such food includes chocolates, sweets and other sugary foods.
  • You smoke. Smoking can irritate the teeth and gums.
  • You do not get your teeth cleaned regularly by a professional. This may lead to formation of tartar.

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