According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly 10% of adults have gum disease. Many more might be afflicted with this condition without even realizing it. Proper brushing, daily flossing, and regular visits to the dentist are the best ways to prevent gum disease. Here are five signs that you should definitely see a dentist soon:
1. Red, Swollen, or Tender Gums
Plaque buildup due to improper flossing and brushing can irritate the gums. This is generally the earliest sign of gum disease and the best time to intervene, because the bone and connective tissue are still unaffected.
2. Bleeding Easily
Bleeding while flossing, brushing, or eating hard foods isn’t normal and is likely painful. This is another side effect of gum irritation, and coupled with tender gums, it can indicate gingivitis.
3. Loose Teeth
As gum disease progresses, the gums begin to recede. Teeth look larger and may lose the structure that was firmly keeping them in place in your mouth. Your bite may change as your teeth re-adjust, which may feel uncomfortable.
4. Mouth Sores
Canker sores, often located on the soft tissues of the mouth, are a good indicator of gum disease. Though researchers aren’t exactly sure what causes canker sores, bacteria is likely a factor.
5. Chronic Bad Breath
Bacteria and leftover food particles on teeth cause bad breath. While this is an obvious sign of poor oral hygiene, persistent bad breath indicates a buildup of plaque that simple brushing won’t eradicate.
Make an appointment with your dentist at the first sign of gum problems in order to prevent further issues. At Colorado Advanced Dentistry, we offer proven cosmetic dental procedures using the latest in dental technology in order to enhance your smile. Call (720) 420-1103 for more information on our dental procedures or to set up an appointment with Dr. VanWechel.
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