Identifying Gum Disease
Gum disease is an inflammation of the tissues around the teeth caused by bacteria and plaque. If left untreated, advanced gum disease may cause irreversible damage to the bone surrounding the teeth. Thankfully, the signs of gum disease are simple to detect and it can be easily treated in its earliest stages.
Signs and Symptoms
Early detection is critical to the success of gum disease treatment. You may be at risk for gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Sore, red, puffy, or swollen gums
- Bleeding along the gum line while brushing or flossing
- Gaps along your gum line
- Receding gum line that makes your teeth appear larger
- Uneven bite or loose teeth
- Chronic bad breath or a particularly bad taste in your mouth
- The formation of puss between your teeth and gums
Stages of Gum Disease
If you have sore or bleeding gums, you may have an early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. This stage of the disease is characterized by the build up of plaque around the gum line. You’re more at risk if you sporadically brush and floss or haven’t had your teeth cleaned by a hygienist regularly.
If gingivitis isn’t addressed early on, it will eventually lead to periodontal disease. At this stage, bone or tissue damage is occurring. This damage may result in eventual tooth loss.
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