Because gum disease can be painless early on, it often goes unchecked and untreated. Serious consequences may occur when Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) turns into Periodontitis (gum disease). Patients not only experience tooth loss and other oral health concerns, but it can also lead to more significant overall health issues.
According to the American Dental Association, chronic Periodontitis affects nearly half of adults over 30 in the United States. Here are five warning signs that you may be developing gum disease….
1. Bleeding, Receding, Red, or Swollen Gums
The early signs of gum disease begin as Gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. Tender, red, or bleeding gums present a compelling warning that your gums may need special attention.
2. Sensitive Teeth
When your gums are receding or pockets are forming, tooth sensitivity often arises. If you notice increased sensitivity to hot or cold beverages, we’d encourage you to contact Murray Dental Group for a professional gum assessment.
3. Bad Breath
More than a social concern, bad breath may be a sign that bacteria is wreaking havoc in your mouth. Bacterial toxins irritate gums and tend to create an unwelcome odor. Though bad breath is not common with gingivitis, when gum disease shows up, you may notice friends keeping their distance.
4. Receding Gums
If your teeth appear to be getting larger, it may be because your gums are receding. The inner layer of the gum and bone are pulling away from the teeth creating the illusion that your teeth are getting larger. When you notice receding gums, you should contact the Murray Dental Group.
5. Loose or Moving Teeth
If your bite feels starts to feel different or you notice a few teeth shifting a little bit, it’s time for a professional evaluation of your gums.
Catching gum disease early prevents complicated and costly treatments later. If you are experiencing any of the warning signs above, please contact the Murray Dental Group to set up an appointment.