Gum disease is one that can go undetected for a long time and many adults have the disease and do not even know about it. Gum disease in its early form is known as gingivitis. As the disease continues to progress, it become periodontitis and this is a much more severe form of the disease, which can lead to serious dental issues.
If you think you have gum disease, it is important that you speak with your dentist and have a checkup performed. Most adults who do have the disease do not find out until they go in for a checkup.
Below, we will go over three signs that you need to know about gum problems. If you are experiencing any of these, it is time to call the dentist.
- Red, Swollen, and Irritated Gums
Gums that are red, swollen, or irritated need to be checked. These are some of the earliest signs of gum disease and if you notice that your gums bleed when you eat, brush, or touch them, then you need to make an appointment right away.
- Gums Pulling Away from Your Teeth
If your gums are receding or pulling away from your teeth, it is time to go see the dentist. This is a sign of gum disease and can lead to exposure of your tooth’s roots or even tooth loss. You will be able to tell if your gums are receding because you will notice the gum sits lower on the tooth and you may even begin to see the roots of the tooth. You will also notice gums that are pulling away because they will easily separate from your teeth and you may notice a gap.
- Pockets and Abscesses on Your Gums
If you have any pockets or abscesses on your gums, it is important to see your dentist. As time goes on, these abscesses will become larger and they may even be filled with pus. You should avoid popping them yourself as this can lead to infection.
Gingivitis can typically be reversed with a new brushing and flossing routine, but periodontitis will require that you have a deep clean performed. If the deep clean does not work, then you will need to discuss other options with your dentist. You do not want gum disease to persist as it will lead to bone loss in your jaw. If you fear that you have gum disease or you simply want to make sure you do not, call your dentist today.