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How to Spot If You Have Gum Disease


Gum disease can lead to some serious oral health problems and if it is ignored over time you may even have to undergo costly and potentially painful dental surgery. At an advanced stage, it may even mean that there is irreversible damage to your oral health. For this reason, it is so important that you know how to spot the signs and symptoms early on when it can be easily reversed. 

Always monitor your teeth and gums and be vigilant for signs of the following gum disease symptoms. You can also protect your gum health by visiting your dentist regularly for check ups and following a consistent home oral health routine.

Redness On The Gums

If you see that your gums have become darker or redder in places, then it could be a warning sign that you are in the early stages of developing gum disease. Make sure you are being vigilant with your oral health to prevent the condition worsening and causing further symptoms. At this stage, further attention to brushing, flossing and rinsing is often all that is required to get rid of the bacteria causing the problem.

Inflamed And Sore Gums

When gums are damaged by a build-up of bacteria, they understandably start to become inflamed and sore. This is often one of the most obvious early symptoms of gum disease, which at this stage is usually called gingivitis.

Bleeding Gums

If red and inflamed gums are left to worsen, then you may find that you begin experiencing bleeding gums. This means that the gum disease is gradually advancing and this should be a definite warning sign that you should visit your dentist for professional advice.

Constant Bad Breath

Once you have developed gingivitis, you will often notice bad breath even after brushing your teeth. This occurs because of the high levels of bacteria in the gums and is a sign that you need to step up your oral health.

Receding Gums And Wobbly Teeth

One of the more advanced signs of gum disease is receding gums. This occurs when the gums are diseased and begin to pull back from the teeth. This leaves the tooth more exposed and reduces the amount of support around the tooth. With less support teeth can become wobbly and even fall out. By this stage, gum disease has become serious and dental surgery may be required.

This Guest Post was written by: Michael Foster


About the Author:
Michael Foster is a natural health writer that focuses on the links between oral and overall health. Read more about gum disease and ways to treat gum disease at www.OraMD.com.