Gum disease is one of the more common oral health problems that you could develop. However, some people do not know how to spot the signs of this disease. As such, they end up leaving it unchecked until it eventually develops into periodontitis, which is a much more severe oral health condition. If you are suffering from any issues with your oral health, it would be in your best interest to determine whether it is gum disease so it can be addressed in the early stages. Below is a review of the signs of early onset gum disease.
Inflammation of your gums
The most common symptom of gum disease would be sudden inflammation of your gums. You will begin to notice that they are swollen or have become redder than usual. Some individuals may even suffer from soreness in their gums. A mistake that some individuals make is assuming this inflammation is due to vigorous oral hygiene. Therefore, it is recommended to only use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid any undue irritation in your gums. In the event that you do use soft-bristled toothbrushes but still suffer from gum inflammation, it would be in your best interests to see a dentist for accurate diagnosis of gum disease.
Another sign you should be wary of that could indicate the development of gum disease is bleeding when brushing your teeth. Tiny drops of blood when brushing may mean that you are using vigorous strokes when cleaning your teeth. However, regular streaks of blood every single time you brush your teeth could be a warning sign of a large underlying problem. It would be prudent to set a dental appointment to have your gums examined posthaste.
Bad breath is something nobody would want to be afflicted with. This is why it comes as no surprise that the first reaction people will have when suffering from bad breath is blaming it on the food they ate. Although some foods may be particularly pungent, it is not normal to constantly have bad breath. In this instance, it would probably indicate that there are bacteria breeding in your gums and this could eventually lead to full-blown periodontitis. The chronic halitosis may also be accompanied with a perpetual bad taste in your mouth. If the bacteria has not spread, you may be able to prevent periodontitis by having thorough teeth cleaning performed by your dental practitioner.Share
24 October 2016
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