Gum Disease Symptoms | What Are the Signs?
How Do You Detect Gum Disease Symptoms? — How Does It Manifest?
Improper oral hygiene is the top cause of gum disease. When you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly and in the right way, bacteria in plaque (the sticky film that forms on the teeth) proliferate, turn into tartar, and affect the health of your gums.
When this happens, brushing and flossing will no longer be able to do much and you will need your dentist to perform deep dental cleaning and recommend specific oral health products, as well as treatments to completely cure gum disease and prevent it from recurring.
Listed below are the most common signs and symptoms:
- Appearance of pus (a clear indication of infection) surrounding the teeth and gums
- Bad breath or bad taste in the mouth that won’t go away even with frequent brushing and rinsing with a mouthwash
- Change in the way partial dentures fit
- Difficulty in chewing food due to sharp or dull tooth and gum pains
- Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing, or even with contact with “tough” food
- Loose teeth accompanied by a receding gum line and a change in the appearance of how teeth are aligned or positioned
- Persistent sensitivity of both gums and teeth to cold or hot temperatures
- Swollen, red or tender gums
The severity of these signs and symptoms are directly linked to the severity of the gum disease. If you only have the mildest case of gum disease (also known as gingivitis), many of these signs and symptoms may not be evident. However, if you already have periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, all of the aforementioned manifestations will be present, along with a few other discomforts.
How can you prevent gum disease?
Gum disease in its early stage can easily be treated because the teeth and gums are not affected much yet. However, once teeth become loose and gums have receded, there’s no way of easily reversing these damages, says a Prescott, AZ dentist. If you wish to restore your teeth and gums, advanced restorative procedures such as surgery and dental implants will need to be carried out.
Therefore, if you start seeing and experiencing any gum disease symptoms, change your oral care habits and do set up an appointment with your dentist right away. Gum disease is an urgent health issue — it is known to spawn other health complications. Immediate and appropriate dental care from your Prescott Valley dentist is key to resolving this dental problem. Contact your dentist at Horizon Dental Group to learn additional effective ways to prevent gum disease.