Everyone likes to have healthy teeth and gums and when we begin to see any changes in this area, you naturally get concerned. These changes can be things like pain, sensitivity to hot and cold drinks or bleeding when you brush. Sometimes, it goes away, but if a problem persists, it’s time to see the dentist.
It’s better to take care of the problem as soon as possible rather than waiting in the hope that it goes away. Even if it does go away, why did it occur in the first place? Let’s take a look at gum disease and what you need to look for.
1. Swollen & Red Gums
This is a very clear sign that there is a problem and it needs attention. A gum disease can start when there is inflammation of the gum line. Brushing and flossing may feel painful and tender and there may also be some bleeding.
2. Bad Breath
Your mouth is a haven for bacteria. Bacteria feed on plaque, so the more plaque you have, the happier those little critters are going to be. The toxins that bacteria release will irritate your teeth and gums and it’s not going to be a pleasant odour. Bad breath can be due to a serious gum disease. You should pay a visit to your dentist. In fact, bad breath is one of the most common reasons for seeing a dentist.
3. Shrinking Gums
Though it may be hard to tell, since you see yourself every day, but if you suspect that your teeth are beginning to look longer than before, your gums are probably shrinking. The reason your gums are receding is because the bone begins to break down and the gums are separating from the tooth, making it look like your teeth are growing longer.
4. Tooth Sensitivity
If you take a sip of a cold drink and it makes your face change because of the pain and sensitivity, this is a strong indication of gum disease. Tooth sensitivity and shrinking gums go hand in hand. Receding gums will expose the dentin which is what causes the tooth sensitivity.
5. Sharp Or Dull Pains
Have you noticed that when you eat, there are certain times (or spots) when there is a sharp or dull pain? This is yet another sign of gum disease. You can’t carry on like this, or it will get harder for you to enjoy one of the pleasures of life when all you feel is pain. It’s time to see a dentist.
There are 3 stages of gum disease:
- Advanced periodontitis
Gingivitis can be reversed, but with the other two, the damage is done and it cannot be reversed. Don’t let it get to stage two or three. Visit your dentist and take care of it before it’s too late.