Know The Common Signs Of Gum Disease Before It’s Too Late

  • Gum disease is the abnormal inflammation of the soft tissue around the teeth and can lead to loss of bone surrounding the teeth resulting in Periodontal disease. It is caused when the bacteria in our mouth creates toxins that accumulate along the gum line over time. The plaque includes bacteria, food and saliva. You will be surprised to know that most people suffering from gum disease do not realize that they have it as it can present with no pain. ¬†Neglecting the common signs indicating gum disease which are mainly bleeding when brushing can lead to severe gum problems and subsequent tooth loss. You should pay special attention to your gums during oral hygiene. If you ever notice any signs of gum disease, visit a reputable dental clinic like Cornerhouse Dental Care.

    5 Common Signs Of Gum Disease

    • Bleeding

    Minor bleeding from the gums while you are flossing or brushing your teethcan be quite normal as occasionally we may brush too hard. Excessive gum bleeding indicates that your oral hygiene has become compromised. Though you can rinse your mouth with salt water to stop the bleeding temporarily, this isn’t a long-term solution. You have to visit a dentist or hygienist offering gum disease treatment.

    • Inflammation

    Two common signs indicating the presence of gum disease are swelling and inflammation causing increased redness. Though our gums are soft, beware of raised areas or puffiness as they indicate an infection. An easy way to identify a swelling is by gently touching your gums if they ever appear abnormal. To reduce the inflammation while waiting for your dentist appointment, you can rinse your mouth with saltwater and try to brush the affected areas more to remove the plaque even though you may cause some bleeding. This will be painful but use a sensitive texture toothbrush or toothbrush head for your electric tooth brush and this will start to improve things a little. It is then very important to contact a dentist or hygienist and book an appointment.

    • White Or Red Patches

    If you ever notice that the soft tissues in your mouth have become reddish or whitish, make sure you don’t ignore the red or white patches. It is a common sign indicating gum disease. Healthy gums are pink with no red or white spots or patches. Patches of discoloration occur due to fluid build-up or an abscess in the soft tissues. If left untreated, it can lead to a severe infection or worse. Mouth cancer checks are also carried out to eliminate this possibility in more severe cases.

    • Painful Gums

    The feeling of pain or soreness can make your gums uncomfortable. Often, the pain becomes sharp, and the soreness feels itchy. Such being the situation, the best you can do is to schedule an appointment with a general dentist or a hygienist at Cornerhouse Dental Care. You can temporarily get rid of the pain with over-the-counter medication such as that for ulcers which help to numb the affected areas.

    • Foul Odour or Halitosis

    Most people suffering from gum disease also have foul breath, halitosis. The infection below the gums produces an unpleasant smell from all the bacteria that have built up due to plaque retention on the surfaces of the teeth. Bad breath is a common sign of tooth infection or gum disease. It is very embarrassing and often causes much anxiety. Some gum-mints and mouthwashes are specially designed to fight bad breath. Your dentist will assess the condition of your mouth and give advice to best to address the issue.

    Get in touch with the experienced dentists at Cornerhouse Dental Care in Elstree/Borehamwood.

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