Blood on a toothbrush and in the sink as a warning sign of gum disease

Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

July 13, 2021 1:55 pm

When you visit Lynn Lane Family Dentistry for your regular dental checkups, our team will be on the lookout for any warning signs of gum disease. You should also regularly check your mouth for these warning signs during your at-home oral hygiene.

By identifying gum disease early, you can begin treatment sooner and reduce your risk of serious dental issues. Untreated gum disease can lead to bad breath, sensitivity, pain, tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and serious infection.

So what should you look for? Here are common signs and symptoms of gum disease:

Visual Signs

Gum disease can manifest itself with a number of different visual abnormalities. Gums affected by gum disease are likely red or swollen because they are inflamed and irritated. You may also notice that your gums bleed easily. Healthy gums should not bleed when you brush, floss, or eat.

Check if your gums are receding. Your teeth will look longer than they normally do since receding gums will reveal more of your tooth that’s normally covered by your gums.

Sensitivity, Tenderness & Pain

Aside from what you can see with the naked eye, you should pay attention to your breath and how your teeth and gums feel. Gum disease can cause chronic bad breath, as well as sensitive teeth and gum tenderness that may make it painful to brush your teeth or chew. In addition, the tissues anchoring your teeth in place can become compromised, resulting in loose teeth.

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Are your gums red, swollen, and tender? Have they receded from your teeth? Do they bleed easily? Have you noticed bad breath, tooth sensitivity, or loose adult teeth? These abnormalities are indicative of gum disease.

At Lynn Lane Family Dentistry, we provide periodontal therapy as part of our comprehensive dental services for individuals and families. Contact us today to schedule a visit so our team we can help you achieve healthier gums!

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