Top 5 Signs You May Have Gum Disease
The color red is one of the first signs of inflammation, whether in your mouth or anywhere else in or on the human body. Normally, healthy gums are pink. However, when infection-causing bacteria are present in abundance, you may see gums that are red or even purplish in color. At this point, the inflammation is a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease Colorado Springs residents need to avoid. Ignoring this redness may allow gum disease to progress to periodontitis, the latter and more serious stage.
Along with seeing redness, your gums may appear puffy and swollen when you examine them in a mirror. This is also a typical symptom of inflammation throughout the body.
Bleeding gums are another key sign that may indicate you have gum disease. When you brush and floss your teeth, take notice after you spit into the sink. If you see blood mixed with your saliva and excess toothpaste, then early-stage periodontal disease may be the cause.
Have you noticed that your teeth seem to look bigger or longer than usual? Your teeth are not growing, but rather your gums are beginning to recede. Gum recession is another characteristic sign of gum disease. Many people mistakenly believe that receding gums are a normal part of the aging process. Not so.
- Bad breath is also a telltale sign of gum disease. Along with a bad taste in your mouth, halitosis (bad breath) can be the result of plaque buildup on your tongue. And if there’s plaque on your tongue, then there’s plaque elsewhere in your mouth, too. If not removed, plaque provides a perfect hiding place for the bacteria that lead to gum disease.
Although these are the leading signs of gum disease, there are other symptoms that you should be aware of. Are your gums sensitive to the touch? Do they hurt a bit when you brush your teeth? Don’t ignore this or think the condition is only temporary. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lackler or Dr. Haradon at Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists who will be able to properly diagnose the condition.
In addition, if you sense that your bite is slightly different or if you actually can see that your teeth have shifted or are loose, this too may be a sign of periodontal disease. If left untreated, then these circumstances may ultimately lead to tooth loss. But even at this stage, we may be able to treat and help you avoid advanced gum disease.
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Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists provide services to repair and renew your periodontal health. If you live in and around Colorado Springs and need periodontal treatments, then please request an appointment!