Dental Gum Disease Symptoms are Not Your Only Clue

Gum disease can make your teeth fall out. It can also increase your risk of sinusitis, ear infections, type 2 diabetes, pneumonia, heart attack, and stroke.

gum-disease-risksIf you get dental gum disease treated at the first sign of a problem, however, you’ll be able to preserve both your bite and your smile for many years, and you won’t have to worry about added risk for some of the most serious complications of gingivitis. Here are ten signs you need to have your dentist check you out for gum disease.

1.Your gums are severely inflamed for a day or two, and then it goes away.

Gum disease, for the most part, is not painful. There may be a little inflammation from time to time, but most of the destructive process takes place where you don’t have pain nerves. A gum infection that seems to go away usually hasn’t. Let your dentist check it out.

2.You have blood on your toothbrush or in your rinse water after you brush your teeth.

This is not a sure sign of gum disease. You could have a crown coming loose, for instance. But bleeding on your toothbrush is a sign it’s time to make your dentist appointment.

3.You have bad breath that brushing and mouthwash can’t chase away.

Bad breath is a more urgent symptom when you wear braces or dentures. Poorly fitted braces and dentures can trap food particles that cause inflammation that quickly destroys gum tissue.

4.Your teeth seem longer than they used to.

Especially if the yellow roots of your teeth are beginning to show, you probably have gum disease.

5.Your gums are puffy and red.

Redness and inflammation is a sign of chronic gingivitis. Make an appointment to see your dentist in the next week or two.

6. Your gums are flat and have black circles on them.

Black, cone-shaped ulcers (with the circle outside and the point inside the gum) are a sign of rapidly advancing infection that can quickly spread to the bone. You can have a palm-sized infection of the gums and jaw and not even know it.

7.Your teeth seem to fit together some times, but not at other times.

This is a sign of loose teeth, and you need to get treatment for your gums right away.

Getting treatment-fast–when you notice any of these seven symptoms can save your smile. The sooner you get treatment, the easier, the less expensive, and the less painful it will be.