Gum Disease Warning Signs

Closeup smile with a dentist's gloved hand using a small mirror to check for gum disease warning signs

One reason we emphasize the importance of routine dental examinations is so we can monitor the health of your teeth and gums. If we catch gum disease in its early stages, it can often be reversed before you experience unnecessary pain and irreparable damage to your teeth and jawbone.

Have you recently noticed abnormal changes in your gums? Read on to learn about warning signs that indicate you might have gum disease.

Bad Breath

If you seem to always have bad breath, it may be a sign of gum disease. Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, is when your mouth persistently gives off a foul odor. Although it’s common to have bad breath or malodor after smoking, drinking coffee, or eating garlic, halitosis is constant and can’t be improved with mouthwash or chewing gum.

Bleeding Gums

Do you notice blood in the sink after you brush or floss your teeth? Although bleeding gums can occur for a variety of health reasons, including hormonal changes, the likely culprit is gum disease. But don’t stop brushing or flossing! In fact, improved dental hygiene will be necessary to combat the problem.

Loose Teeth

Loose teeth are a sign that you have structural issues with the gum tissue and/or the bones that support your teeth. This is a serious dental health problem that can lead to lost teeth. We want to know right away if you have loose teeth so that we can help prevent tooth loss. We’ll make a plan of action for healing your gums and protecting your teeth with our periodontal therapy services.

Receding, Red, and/or Inflamed Gums

If your gums are receding from the teeth, abnormally red, swollen, and/or tender, they are irritated and may become infected if your oral hygiene is not improved.

How to Restore Your Gum Health

Don’t delay scheduling an appointment with our expert team if you notice any of these signs or symptoms of gum disease. You could be at risk for infection and tooth loss! We can evaluate the severity of your gum disease and suggest treatment to get your oral health back on track. Contact us today.

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