Gum disease is a common dental health issue that affects millions of people every year. It is caused by food and bacteria getting stuck in your teeth, spreading into your gums and causing inflammation and other complications. Gum disease can be quite painful and can cause other significant dental health problems like rotting teeth, nerve damage, and more if left untreated. Fortunately, gum disease won't happen overnight and comes with a few early warning signs that you can look for to determine when you should head to your dentist for treatment. Continue reading to learn what signs to watch for.
Swelling and Bleeding
One of the first and most easily noticeable warning signs that you may have of the early stages of gum disease is if you notice that your gums have become visibly inflamed and swollen, causing an uncomfortable pressure in your mouth and minor pain when they pressed upon or while eating. In severe cases, this can also cause bleeding to occur when you floss or brush your teeth, or even while you eat, which is a clear sign that you need to update your dental hygiene routine and talk to your dentist.
Constant Bad Breath
Another fairly common sign that you may be suffering from gum disease is if you notice that your breath smells extremely bad, no matter how much you brush, floss, and gargle mouthwash. This smell is created by bacteria that is stuck in your teeth and gums and won't be able to be fully removed through your own efforts - you'll need to talk to your dentist about treatment options.
If gum disease is allowed to continue for long enough, it can cause other dental health problems. While your gums will stay inflamed and sore, you may also notice that your gums are slowly receding from your teeth - which usually will be marked by a wrinkle or line halfway down your gums.
Tooth Decay and Damage
Finally, the most serious sign of gum disease, which is associated with a well established dental health issue, is if you notice that there is actual damage to your teeth. This can take the form of teeth that are loose or falling out, cavities and tooth pain, and other forms of discomfort and dental health issues. At this point, seeing a dentist or oral surgeon is necessary to try and save as much of your gums and as many of your teeth as possible from decay and damage.
Up until a year ago, I did my best to keep my teeth and gums clean. But after securing a new job, I began to work late into the night and didn't have the time or energy to brush and floss before I retired to bed. My busy schedule and poor dental hygiene finally affected my teeth and gums. After experiencing severe pain in several of my teeth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist examined my mouth and discovered three large cavities in my molars. After four long weeks, my dentist finally completed my dental work. I learned a very painful lesson during that time. No matter how busy you are, always brush and floss. I started this blog to inform other people about the importance of good dental care. I hope you find the time to read it. Thanks for visiting.