Gum disease symptoms are often ignored or misdiagnosed. If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is vital to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away to avoid permanent damage to your teeth and gums or risk it leading to more serious infections or diseases throughout your body.
Bleeding: Just like in any other part of our bodies, bleeding is not a good sign. If you are noticing blood while you are brushing your teeth, it could be a sign of gum disease. If you maintain a healthy dental health regimen (brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing), then you should not be experiencing any gum bleeding. Do not take it as just a sign of a rigorous brushing! Book an appointment with your dentist to see what the issue it.
Soreness: Gum disease often presents itself locally as soreness or inflammation. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should discuss them with your dentist immediately as gum disease can increase your chances or be a precursor to heart disease and diabetes.
Shifting Teeth/Gums: If your teeth seem to shift in your mouth or seem loose, you might have gum disease. Periodontitis will attack the bone that keeps your teeth in place. Your teeth might even appear to have grown! This means your gums are shrinking; a serious side effect of gum disease.
Sensitive Teeth: Before you just go to the store and buy toothpaste for sensitive teeth, first consider WHY your teeth are suddenly more sensitive! Sensitivity is a symptom, so make sure you discuss any personal changes in oral sensitivity with your dentist.
Bad Breath: Bacteria trapped in your gums can release toxins that create bad breath. If you or others around you are noticing a negative change in your breath, check with a dentist.
Gum disease is a very serious health issue that should be treated immediately. It can increase your chances of heart disease, diabetes and other serious health problems due to you being more susceptible to infections. Discuss a treatment plan with your dentist right away. At Providence Prosthodontics in Orange, California, we specialize in treating gum disease. If you have any questions or concerns about gum disease or anything dental hygiene related, call our expert doctors today to schedule a consult at (714) 771-7555.