Red Flags That Signal the Symptoms of Gum Disease
One of the main causes of gum disease is a build-up of bacteria. Bacteria build up on the teeth and gums each day. If they aren’t removed by a regular oral care routine of toothbrushing and flossing, they can cause the gum inflammation known as “gingivitis” which if left untreated, can progress to the more serious periodontal disease known as “periodontitis.” (1)
Don’t Ignore Early Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you notice any of these symptoms of gum disease, see your dentist as soon as possible:
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss.
- Red, tender, or swollen gums (healthy gums should be pink and firm). (2)
If you have symptoms of gum disease, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to confirm the diagnosis. If symptoms of gum disease are caught early, the treatment may be as simple as a thorough dental cleaning and a revision of your at-home oral care routine.
Recognize Symptoms of Advanced Gum Disease
If you notice these symptoms of gum disease, your infection may have progressed to periodontitis.
- Pain: Pain in the teeth or gums.
- Loose Teeth: Gums that pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where additional bacteria can build up. (1), (2)