Do You Have Gum Disease

Do You Have Gum Disease?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that around half of the adults in America have a form of gum disease. The various forms of gum disease range from mild, to moderate to severe. Your chance of developing a form of gum disease increases to 70 percent if you are 65 years of age or older! Periodontal (gum) disease is often called a “silent disease” because the major symptoms may not appear until it is too late and it has developed into an advanced stage. How can you identify the early warning signs? Here are some symptoms to look for.

The Top 5 Signs of Gum Disease:

  1. Redness and swelling of the gums. Aching, red or painful gums can be a sign of gum disease. However, it could also be the result of brushing your teeth too aggressively, or simply using a toothbrush with too hard of bristles. We recommend using a soft-bristled brush with a gentle cleaning motion. If you are doing this but still have irritated gums, it could be an early signal of gum disease.
  2. Bleeding from the gums when brushing. Despite what you may think, this is never a normal occurrence. If your gums constantly bleed after brushing your teeth, that is usually an indication of gum disease. You should come in for an examination as soon as possible.
  3. Poor breath or a bad taste in your mouth. Bad breath or an awful taste in your mouth could be a sign of gum disease, or what you ate last night. If the odor or taste is constant and does not go away over time, it could indicate trouble with your gums and be an early sign of gum disease.
  4. Gum recession. When the healthy, pink tissue around your teeth begins to pull back or diminish, you have gum recession. This makes teeth look even longer, exposing more of the tooth’s structure and sometimes even its roots. While gum recession is a common condition, many people do not realize it because it occurs so gradually. If left untreated, it can result in the destruction of more gum tissue and even tooth loss.
  5. Tooth sensitivity or discomfort while eating, chewing or brushing. Many things can cause a tooth ache or sensitivity: an old filling, a decayed tooth, or even a root canal problem. Gum disease can also cause this unpleasant feeling. The slow diminishing of the gums may expose the tooth’s roots causing an uncomfortable sensation.

Gum disease is a universal problem that is still very treatable. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. If you would like more information, call Family First Dental at (402) 644-3177 to schedule a visit!


Posted on: Friday, July 21, 2017

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