A toothbrush with bloody bristles and blood in the sink from bleeding gums because of gum disease

Signs of Gum Disease

September 24, 2022 12:12 am | Published by |

Gum disease is one of the most common diseases out there. When untreated, it’s the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults! Luckily, many treatments can manage symptoms, reverse early gum disease, and protect your oral health. Here’s what to watch for:

Swollen, tender gums

Gum disease is the result of built-up bacteria irritating and inflaming your gums. It’s often caused by poor oral hygiene, but autoimmune disorders, genetics, and hormonal changes can also make you more vulnerable. If your gums are swollen or feel tender to the touch, you may need periodontal therapy.

Gums bleed when you brush or floss

If you start noticing blood when you brush or floss, it’s a sign you need to improve your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush (preferably an electric toothbrush) and floss every day. As you keep flossing and brushing consistently, your gum disease will likely improve and the bleeding should stop. However, it’s still a good idea to make an appointment with our team at Dental Health Associates. We can determine how advanced your gum disease is and whether further treatment is needed.

Bad breath you can’t get rid of

Everyone has bad breath occasionally, but if you can’t seem to freshen yours no matter how much you try, it’s a sign you have gum disease. Research suggests gum disease is behind most cases of bad breath, which is officially known as “halitosis.” This is because the bacteria that cause gum inflammation also produce strong odors.

Teeth look longer

As gum disease gets worse, your gums start to recede and pull away from your teeth. This can make your teeth look longer than usual. Gum recession creates large pockets that trap bacteria, so if your teeth and gums look different you’ll want to schedule an appointment to check for infection.

Periodontal services at Dental Health Associates in Wolcott, CT

Gum disease can be reversed if caught early enough. If you notice swelling, tenderness, or bleeding, don’t wait until it gets worse! Contact us today. You may only need a professional cleaning, improved oral hygiene, and a more balanced diet, but we also offer deep cleanings, laser therapy, and more.


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