Most people have a filling or dental crown to fix a cavity. That’s because tooth decay is the biggest dental health issue in the US. But a close second is a problem many people don’t worry enough about: gum disease. This is when bacteria (and the plaque they create) irritate, damage, and then infect your gum tissues.
If left untreated, gum disease can become a serious health problem. That’s why you need to call Dr. Callow today at 734-404-7336 and come in for treatment. While you could have it without any visible symptoms, here are some gum disease signs you should look out for.
Watch For These Symptoms
Since you cannot see bacteria, you need to look for the signs indicating they’re creating a problem in your mouth. These include:
- Swollen and tender gums: As your gum tissues get hurt by the bacteria and plaque, they get overly sensitive. Touching them could give you some discomfort, and they can be swollen in parts.
- Gums that turned dark: Healthy gums have a dark pink-ish color. Although everyone’s exact shade is different, they should not be dark red or black. That’s a sign you may have gum disease.
- Blood after brushing & flossing: Unless you brush and floss way too hard, you should not see any blood in the sink after you clean your teeth. That’s especially true if you see some bleeding almost every night.
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away: As the gum tissue cells start to die, they give off an unpleasant odor. That’s why people with this problem often have bad breath that keeps coming back no matter what you do.
- Receding gums: As the disease progresses and gets worse, your gums get so damaged that they pull away from your teeth. This creates tiny pockets where food can collect, letting the bacteria spread faster.
- Loose teeth: As gums recede, the disease can also make your jawbone weaker. This leads to teeth that are a bit loose, and if not treated, they can even come out.
Treating Your Problem
If you have some of these gum disease signs, how can you get help? For many people, a thorough dental cleaning is enough to remove plaque and bacteria causing all these problems. For a deeper clean, Dr. Callow can use an ultrasonic scaler to help remove even more so your gums can stop being irritated and start healing naturally.
Understand How Gingivitis Happens
Gum disease is broken down into two stages. Gingivitis is the early stage, and this is much easier to treat. The advanced stage is periodontitis, and this is when you can start seeing severe signs. But how does this happen?
Most of the time, it comes down to poor dental hygiene. Everyone has some of those harmful bacteria, but if you brush, floss, and visit a dentist regularly, you can keep those under control and avoid needing gum disease treatment.