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5 Warning Signs Of Gum Disease

Tal Lewinger - Friday, April 13, 2018

Many people believe that gum disease is something that can be ignored and left untreated at least until the next dentist appointment. The truth is that gum disease is a serious threat to those who are infected and it can seriously affect oral health and hygiene. Gum disease is an infection that is caused by the bacteria found inside plaque. This then causes an infection in the area that connects the gum and the tooth. Gum disease should be treated immediately as it can result to tooth loss. If you show any of these 5 signs of gum disease, make a dental appointment right away.

 

Redness and swelling

 

Redness and swelling is the first major sign that you should look out for and can easily be detected when brushing teeth. Inflamed and puffy gums usually show after flossing or brushing because the physical action performed aggravates the infection. This is a discomforting, even painful feeling that might last a few hours or even a few days after brushing or flossing teeth. It will eventually return when you brush or floss your teeth again.

 

Tooth sensitivity

 

Whilst there are many people that suffer from natural tooth sensitivity, it is also a sign of gum disease. If you suddenly feel it painful to drink cold or hot beverages, it might be a sign that you have a gum disease. Gum diseases and infections cause the gums to recede which leaves the root of the teeth exposed to whatever you consume. This part of the tooth is very sensitive and might not react as well to the temperature of your beverages. If you have always had a problem with tooth sensitivity, you should make an appointment with a dentist anyway, just to make sure you are safe.

 

Loose teeth

 

Loose teeth is definitely something that you should leave behind during your childhood years. If your teeth start loosening or even falling out then it is a sure sign of gum disease. This occurs when the bacteria has eaten away the point of attachment between the tooth and the gum. This makes it challenging for you to eat certain foods and it might not be attractive, especially if it is in front of your mouth.

 

Bad breath

 

We all have morning-breath, but this is totally normal and usually goes away when you brush your teeth after waking up. If it persists, however, you should go for a checkup. In the advanced stages of gum disease bad breath develops due to a build-up of plaque and this creates a bad odor. An appointment with a doctor should treat this fairly quickly.

Gum abscess

This is the most serious sign of gum disease and requires urgent attention. Gum abscesses is a pocket of pus that forms between the tooth and the gum due to a build-up of bacteria. This can be extremely agonizing to the patient and they should seek medical attention right away.

 

 

Gum abscess

 

This is the most serious sign of gum disease and requires urgent attention. Gum abscesses is a pocket of pus that forms between the tooth and the gum due to a build-up of bacteria. This can be extremely agonizing to the patient and they should seek medical attention right away.

 


 

 




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