Did you know that over half of American adults suffer from periodontal (gum) disease in some form? It's likely that many of those patients don't even realize they have it. This is because the progression of periodontal disease is typically slow and there aren't very many symptoms or much pain, to begin with. Here are some of the early signs to be aware of that may be indicating you have gum disease.
Your Gums Bleed When You Brush Your Teeth
Have you ever noticed blood in the sink when you're brushing your teeth? This can be an early indicator of gum disease, and it's normal that you may not feel any pain. This is a good time to contact your dentist to schedule a cleaning and examination.
You Have Chronic Bad Breath
Most of us suffer from a little bad breath now and then due to foods we eat or beverages we drink. However, if your halitosis (bad breath) seems to be chronic, and it doesn't go away with thorough brushing, flossing, or an antibacterial mouth rinse, it could be an indicator of a deeper problem.
Bad breath that you can't get rid of is another early sign of gum disease. If you have tried all the remedies with little to no success, it's time to contact your dentist.
Your Gums Appear Red and Swollen
Pink gum tissue is the sign of a healthy foundation for your teeth. If your gums aren't healthy, your teeth are at risk. Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 30?
If your gums appear to be red or swollen, don't wait for them to get better on their own. Contact your dentist right away because the early stage of gum disease, also known as gingivitis can often be successfully managed with a thorough professional cleaning and an improved home care routine.