Gum disease is a surprisingly common disease yet so little people know about it, what to look out for and how to prevent it. If severe enough it can actually cause tooth loss in adults! Usually, gingivitis refers to the early stages of gum disease and this is easy enough to reverse with the help of a professional cleaning, flossing and regular brushing. If you let it remain unseen to however it progresses to more severe cases. The main problem with catching gum disease is that it tends to be painless but fortunately there are plenty of other signs you should be looking for. Here’s a list of the top signs of gum disease:

Loose Teeth

Essentially what happens here is that the bacteria that’s causing your gum disease is slowly attacking the gum tissue and bone around your teeth. As the infection becomes worse, these pockets become deeper and deeper and eventually you will feel your teeth drastically loosened.

Sensitive Teeth

Do you feel any discomfort when you eat? This means you have sensitive teeth. Usually this is a result of gum recession- a condition where the gums recede from the teeth and expose more of the tooth’s root. This leaves you vulnerable to decay and infection. Gum recession is one of the main symptoms of periodontitis (severe cases of gum disease). 

Bad Breath

Scientifically known as halitosis, bad breath is any man or woman’s worst nightmare. It can also lead to a bad taste in your mouth as well. If you’re experiencing this, chances are you have gum disease and there’s been a significant build-up of plaque on your teeth, which are forming toxins. This can be easily fixed by your regular visit to the St Clair dentist. Remember to book an appointment before the issue becomes much more severe.

Bleeding Gums

This is a painless but an alarming sight to behold nonetheless once you’re heading for that final brush before bed. This usually results from the build-up of plaque at the gum line that have infected the gums. It should however be fixed with regular brushing and professional cleaning to get rid of that plaque.

Gum Abscess

This is actually a painful symptom of gum disease. It comes about as a bump on your gum full of pus and is a result of a bacterial infection that has taken place deep in your gums or that which has collected in the soft pulp of the tooth. If you’re experiencing this, try avoiding iced drinks and also using a softer toothbrush. You’ll want to schedule an appointment if this isn’t your usual gumboil as it may need root canal surgery.

Dry Mouth

Oral problems and also certain medications can lead to a condition known as ‘dry mouth’. Besides the obvious use of saliva in aiding digestion it also prevents our mouth’s tissues from drying out and helps with oral hygiene. Having a dry mouth is a breeding source for bacterial growth and thus can lead to gum problems as well.

These are the top signs of gum disease. If you can relate to any of these, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to have your teeth professionally seen to before it becomes a severe case.

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