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What to Be Aware of When Dealing with Gum Disease

Have you ever looked down and seen blood in the sink when you brushed your teeth? This is one of the first signs of the disease.  It indicates that your gum is infected, but that infection may not be isolated to your gums.  It can travel further into your teeth and affect your overall body health. So, if you do have gum disease what should you be aware of?
Swollen Gums
Swollen gums are another sign that your gums need attention.  Oftentimes this early sign of inflammation is often where it all begins.  Your gums may bleed easily and feel tender.
Bad Breath
Your mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria because it is moist and warm.  Bacteria also feed off plaque.  So the more plaque you have, the more likely it is for bacteria to grow in your mouth.  Once they begin to multiply, they release more toxins which can irritate the gums, leaving a horrible smell.  However, bad breath can also be a symptom of serious gum disease because often, gingivitis does not cause the breath to change all that much.
Gums are Shrinking
Are your teeth looking longer? If so, then it’s likely your gums are shrinking.  As the bone starts to break down, the gums begin to move away from the neck of your tooth creating a pocket.  This is known as receding gums or recession and indicates that bone loss has occurred.
Sensitive Teeth
Is the thought of a cold beverage enough to make your teeth hurt?  Sensitivity to hot and cold is another early indication that gum disease has set in and is a common symptom with receding gums.
Loose Teeth
Does your smile look different?  Do your teeth look more flared or are spaces developing between your teeth?  Gum disease, called periodontitis, can cause loss of bone that holds your teeth in place, resulting in loose teeth or teeth that move. If you are concerned about any of these signs of gum disease, give us a call today for a periodontal evaluation.