Gum disease can present itself without pain so it is important to recognize other possible symptoms that occur. Gum disease is caused by bacteria left in your mouth. Be sure to maintain regular visits to your dentist as well as a proper daily hygiene routine to prevent the onset of gum disease.
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: It 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.
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.