Have you seen a bit of blood in your sink when you brush your teeth lately? That bleeding can be one of the first warning signs that you’ve got gum disease.
The mild variety is called gingivitis. When you have that, only your gums are infected. If you don’t treat it, the infection can travel below your gum line and into your bone. Then it becomes a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis.
You can find and treat gum disease before it gets serious if you know what to look for. Take note if you notice:
This is one of the first signs your gums need attention. Gum disease typically start with inflammation along the gum line. They may also feel tender or painful and bleed easily when you floss or brush.
Our mouth is a nice, warm, and wet home for millions of bacteria. They feed on plaque, so the more of that you have, the bigger the buffet. Bacteria release toxins that can irritate the gums and teeth and have a foul smell. It can also be a symptom of serious gum disease. Your breath usually doesn’t change much if you’ve got gingivitis.
If your teeth look longer than they used to, chances are they’re not growing — your gums are shrinking. When bone starts to break down, the gums start separating from the tooth, creating a pocket. This pulling away is called receding gums.
If a sip of a cold drink makes you wince, your teeth may be telling you something. That’s a symptom of gum disease that often goes hand in hand with shrinking gums. With receding gums, the sensitive part of the tooth is exposed — called the dentin — causing sensitive teeth when exposed to cold water and air.
Does your smile look a little different lately? Gum disease can attack the bones that hold your teeth in place, making them loosen or move. Periodontitis is the main cause, and it can even change the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
Gum Disease is both treatable and more importantly, preventable. Early detection is key. Contact Gulf Coast Dental for an appointment today.