Identifying the Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Do you have gum disease? About half of the adults in America have a mild, moderate or severe form of this disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But if you are 65 or older, your chance of having it increases up to 70 percent! Periodontal (gum) disease is occasionally called a “silent malady” because major symptoms may not appear until it has reached an advanced stage. Identify the early warning signs with these tips below.

5 Signs of Gum Disease

1. Redness and irritation of gums. Having red, puffy or sore gums can be a sign of gum disease; however, it could also result from brushing your teeth too forcefully. That is why we recommend using a soft-bristled brush and a gentle brushing stroke.

2. Bleeding when you brush. Despite what you may think, this is never an ordinary occurrence. If your gums regularly bleed after brushing, it is usually an indication that gum disease is present.

3. Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. Bad breath or a horrible taste in your mouth could be from what you ate last night — or it could be from gum disease. If the odor or taste is persistent — that is, if it does not seem to go away over time — it could indicate an issue with your gums.

4. Gum recession. When you have gum recession, the healthy, pink tissue surrounding the teeth begins to recede. When the tissue subsides, it is exposing more of the tooth’s structure — even its roots — and makes teeth look longer. If left untouched, it can result in the damage of more gum and bone tissue and even tooth loss.

5. Tooth sensitivity or pain when chewing. Many things can cause tooth sensitivity: an old filling, tooth decay, even a cracked tooth or a root canal problem. Gum disease can also cause this uncomfortable sensation. If this feeling persists, it is time for dental examination to find out what is triggering it.

Gum disease is a widespread problem — but it is also very treatable. If you would like more information, call Family First Dental at (402) 644-3177 today!

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Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Last modified on: Monday, December 11, 2017

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