4 Red Flags of Gum Disease

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by bevanheaton

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and is a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of the disease. Gum diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.

Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day, from this point forward.

Gum disease (periodontitis) is often silent, meaning symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. This can be a very devastating problem for those who have it.  Here are 4 signs that you might have gum disease:

  1. Bleeding Gums: If your gums bleed while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food.
  2. Bad Breath (halitosis): Bad breath first thing in the morning is normal, but if it lasts the whole day, that is halitosis.
  3. Loose Teeth or Tooth Ache: If you have a tooth that is loose or hurting you for no apparent reason.
  4. Long Teeth (gum recession): If you’ve noticed that your teeth seem to be getting longer or you see black triangles between your teeth.

Gum disease is common but fairly preventable.  The cause is usually poor oral hygiene.  Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem which could eventually lead to tooth loss. The dentist needs to be involved in diagnosing and treatment of this problem.  Treatment includes professionally cleaning the problem areas around teeth to prevent damage to surrounding bone.  Here at My Family Dentist Garland we can help you no matter what stage you are at.  Schedule an appointment today to get started on restoring your oral health (435) 668-2450.

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