What Are Common Signs of Gum Disease?

If you have ever been to the dentist and been glad to hear that you don’t have any issues with dental cavities, you might not listen when your dentist mentions flossing a little more. Unfortunately, many dental patients are mostly focused on the health of their teeth and can overlook the health of their gums. But gum health is extremely important. Gum disease caused by bacteria and decay cannot just impact your gums but also lead to tooth loss and eventually to infection which can problems for your overall health. In this article we will cover some key symptoms of gum disease. But of course, the best thing you can do for your personal oral health is see a dentist. If you live in Swampscott MA, give us a call for dental services.

What Is Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal refers to the tissues and structures that support the teeth. This of course includes the gums. Therefore periodontal diseases and gum disease are describing similar issues. Common types of gum disease can include periodontitis and gingivitis. Gum disease starts when bacteria in your mouth begins to damage healthy tissue. Like other diseases it can spread to the surrounding areas. As gum disease progress it can go deeper and deeper underneath your gums and eventually weaken the tissue that supports your teeth. This can lead to premature tooth loss as well as serious infections. Gum disease can be prevented by following good oral health tips. For example, flossing daily, making sure to brush twice per day, and avoiding tobacco products can all prevent gum disease. Moreover, routine dental cleanings and exams are the most effective way to track your oral health and address issues before they progress. If you have not seen a dentist in a while you should be aware of the common symptoms of gum disease. 

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Swollen Gums

The most common early sign of gum disease is the swelling of your gums. Your gums might feel tender to the touch and appear a darker red than usual. Your gums may also appear puffy. 

Bleeding Gums

If you notice that your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth, it might be a sign of gum disease. To be fair, this can also happen if you are too aggressive with your brushing, but if it is consistent, you should talk to a dentist. 

Bad Breath

Dental infections can lead to bad breath. Bad breath is often caused by bacteria sitting in the mouth long-term. Additionally gum disease can lead to infections that also cause bad breath and other symptoms. 

Painful Chewing

If you notice discomfort when putting pressure on specific teeth this can be a sign of deeper gum disease. As bacteria weakens the supporting tissue for your teeth you might begin to feel pain when pressure is placed on your teeth. 

Pus Around Gums

Infections can cause pus to form. If you notice a sudden bad taste or smell from your mouth, or pus in your mouth, this is a sign of a serious dental infection, and you should see a dentist right away. This is often an abscessed tooth. 

Receding Gums

Your gum tissue can begin to pull away from your teeth as your gums continue to get more and more damaged. If you notice that your gums are receding you should consider seeing a dentist. 

Schedule A Dental Appointment in Swampscott MA

Here at Whiting Dental Arts, we work with patients of all ages to provide preventative dental care. If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist or you notice other issues like the ones listed above, please reach out to our team. 

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