When it comes to dental hygiene, you may find yourself most concerned about the appearance of your teeth. And while looks are a great motivator, there’s more to dental hygiene than just how your smile appears. You also need to pay attention to how it feels. There are always going to be those days where your teeth may be more sensitive, such as after a dentist appointment, after eating something hard, or after doing teeth whitening. However, if your teeth are always bothering you, then it may be a sign of something more serious going on, such as gum disease. But don’t freak out yet; keep reading to see if any of the gum disease signs match up with your situation. If they do, come on in and see a dentist at Single Visit Dentistry to get the problem sorted out.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease, is an infection that happens when your teeth are not being taken care of well enough. The worse the inflammation gets, the harder it is for your gum tissue to hold onto your teeth. Your teeth aren’t going anywhere, though. There are many stages and signs of gum disease before it gets to that level of severity.
One of the clear signs of infection is swelling. The thing about swelling is that when it happens, you may not notice it at first. However, as the gums become more and more infected, they are going to continue to increase in size. You may not notice the swelling at first, but you will eventually see the difference. As soon as you take note that your teeth look to be covered by your gums, it’s time to see a dentist. Catching gum disease sooner rather than later will save your teeth, gums, and general hygiene from worsening.
Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed blood? If so, you’re not alone; bleeding while brushing is one of the more common signs of gum disease. The reason your gums bleed when your bush is because of them being tender and sensitive. This can lead to inflammation and irritation that occurs when you brush or eat certain foods. When you go to the dentist, be sure to mention this, so your doctor can provide effective solutions.
This sign you may not catch right away, or it may take someone telling you for you to figure it out. Nonetheless, bad breath is a sign of gum disease. And the reason behind it is nothing short of the obvious. When there is an infection in your mouth, it’s because of bacteria and lack of oral hygiene. The usual cause is plaque building up on the teeth and infecting the gums. Even if your teeth look like the perfect smile, plaque build-up can happen. Next time you think about skipping flossing, remember that flossing is a great tool for avoiding plaque build-up.
A more severe case of gum disease will show signs of teeth loosening. If you have noticed this happening, then you should get to a dentist as soon as possible. Over time, gum disease infects the gum tissue and weakens it. The longer the gum disease goes on without any treatment, the more likely the tissue will have a hard time holding your teeth. Loosening teeth means that your tissue is at this point, and you are at a high risk of losing teeth. With immediate treatment, you can save your smile and teeth from falling out.
Contact Us Today to Learn More About Gum Health!
If any of these situations reflect something you have been dealing with, then it’s time to make a dentist appointment. Gum disease progresses quickly. And the longer it goes on, the more at risk you are of losing teeth and even suffering from health problems. It may seem like it’s just a teeth problem; however, oral hygiene affects your entire body, especially your heart. To learn more about gum disease, come see us today or give us a call to schedule your appointment.