Gum disease, while common, is not a pretty thing to look at as it advances to more severe stages. Although typically, most people who suffer from chronic gum disease aren’t even aware that anything is wrong. So what are the symptoms? What should you be looking out for?
Tender Gums / Bleeding Gums
Gums that consistently bleed during daily tooth brushing may be affected by gingivitis or periodontitis. Although some people do brush too hard, this is often a sign of sensitive, irritated gums. Plaque build-up is the culprit behind things like this. These bacterial deposits grow around and in your gums, causing them to be irritated and tender to the touch. This is the most common sign of needing to seek dental help.
Everyone’s favorite word, no one’s favorite experience. Halitosis (aka constant bad breath) is the by-product of bacteria that grow between your teeth and put off this gross stench. If loved ones are always complaining about your breath and you can’t seem to do anything about it, it may be time to fight back.
While a receding hairline is common and natural for many men, a receding gum line is not. If you see your gums shrinking or what appears to be the ‘lengthening’ of teeth, let your dentist know. Healthy gums are full and plump.
Loose or Shifting Teeth
A loose tooth is always a sure sign to go see a dentist. This category of symptoms includes wiggling teeth and changes in how dentures or braces fit. This is a sign of acute gum disease: periodontitis. At this point, the disease will be eating away at the bone tissue in your jaw, causing teeth to not fit as well as they used to. See a dentist immediately.
If you exhibit some of these symptoms and believe you have any degree of gum disease, The Dental Center at Easton is here to help! Call us to set up an appointment as soon as possible!