You need to recognize the symptoms of gum disease in order to take action, and people typically experience many of the same issues. If your gums swell, bleed or recede, or your teeth become loose, it’s (past) time to talk to your dentist. Keep reading for more on the common signs of gum disease.
Swelling and Bleeding Gums
Many people realize that they have gum disease when they brush their teeth. Even in the early stages of gum disease, you might notice that your gums become swollen and sensitive. You might see blood in your saliva when you brush your teeth, but remember that this doesn’t mean you should stop brushing. Instead, you should pay closer attention to your dental hygiene and oral health, because your gums may be bleeding due to gum disease.
As gum disease progresses, your gums may end up receding away from your teeth. This makes your teeth look longer and exposes the roots of the teeth. If you want to reverse this symptom of gum disease, you can talk to your dentist about scaling and root planing treatment. This is a deep cleaning procedure that seeks to remove plaque, tartar, and calculus from your teeth and the pockets between your teeth and gums. Don’t wait to see your dentist if you experience gum recession.
Loose, Sensitive Teeth
It’s preferable to keep your natural teeth, but one symptom of gum disease is the loosening of your teeth. If they become too loose they may fall out, which means you’ll need to talk to your dentist about restorations. Gum disease can also make your teeth more sensitive, so consider switching your toothpaste and creating a treatment plan with your dentist.
Have you noticed any of these signs of gum disease? If you have, don’t hesitate to contact Manela Dental or visit our website. Our Tucson dentists can help treat gum disease and restore your oral health. Visit our website or call us at (520) 744-2039 for more information.