Eliminating Gum Disease

January 16, 2015 |

Dental Treatments

Gum Disease

While many individuals are aware of how harmful gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis may be, there still remains a lack of awareness regarding the signs and symptoms of these conditions. Such problems can be easily avoided by integrating sound oral hygiene habits into your routine. However, understanding when these problems may be developing is the first step towards stopping them before they require surgery or treatment. Periodontitis causes a number of changes to the appearance of the gums and teeth, some of which may not be immediately noticeable. Let us take a look at some important tell-tale signs of a major gum disease, periodontitis.

Receding Gums

If you have begun to notice that the thickness of your gums has begun to decrease, you may be suffering from periodontitis. Gum recession is a phenomenon that involves the deterioration of gums below and between teeth. One of the most important symptoms to look out for is whether there are gaps or pockets developing between your teeth. These gaps may be caused as a result of dying gum tissue or tooth ‘migration’.

Bleeding Gums

A gum disease like periodontitis is often accompanied with the symptom of bleeding gums. If you have found that your gums are highly prone to bleeding, even when minimal pressure is exerted on them, it is likely that you are developing a gum condition. Many individuals first notice bleeding gums when they brush their teeth. However, others who are experiencing gum recession may avoid brushing sensitive areas so that gums are not further weakened. It is important to understand that brushing your teeth poorly just to avoid bleeding gums will only exacerbate your gum condition.

Red or Sore Gums

The presence of red gums is usually a good sign that you may be suffering from periodontitis. Gums that are healthy are usually pink in color. Gums begin to turn red when the tissue around them begins to deteriorate. While reddened gums may not lead to bleeding, it is still important to visit a dentist or a periodontist as soon as you notice that your gums are unusually red. Your dentist can show you certain photos of stages of gum disease that can help you in getting an idea of how difficult this condition can get over time.

Loose Teeth

When bacteria and debris is allowed to collect between the gums and the teeth, the human body’s natural immune system begins producing enzymes to combat this build up. Over time, both the bacteria and the enzymes begin to disintegrate gum tissue as well as underlying bone. Gum tissue and bone play a crucial role in maintaining the stability of your teeth. If you have found that your teeth have become loose, it may be possible that you are suffering from a gum disease. Loose teeth is usually one of the last noticeable symptoms of periodontitis. Many individuals do not realize that their teeth are losing stability until it turns into a serious problem that affects chewing and brushing.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

If you have found that despite brushing your teeth effectively, that your breath is still stale, you must consider the possibility that you are developing a gum disease. While there are particular techniques that must be used when brushing one’s teeth, it is sometimes difficult to reach gaps and pockets where bacteria has collected. It is this dirt and debris that cause bad breath.