Could You or Someone You Care About Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease is often considered a “silent” problem, because many sufferers do not realize they have an issue until the disease has progressed. However, there are several signs that may indicate that gum disease is present:
- Bad Breath – While it’s common to have bad breath every now and then, especially after eating foods containing ingredients such as onions, hot peppers and garlic, chronic bad breath (halitosis) is not normal.
- Bleeding Gums – Gums that bleed while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing are signs that something is wrong. Healthy gums do not bleed unless you are being too aggressive with your oral hygiene.
- Red, Inflamed and/or Painful Gums – When gums are suffering from a build-up of bacteria and calculus, they may start to turn a darker color and become puffy. A dull ache may also be present at the site of the irritation. Though food caught between the teeth and gums can be a cause of this problem, periodontal disease should always be ruled out.
- Loose Teeth – Gum disease that has gotten worse, and has not been exposed to a periodontal maintenance treatment plan, can lead to loosening teeth that may eventually fall out, without intervention from the doctor.