Common Signs of Gum Disease

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When many people think of oral health, they think only of having gleaming, cavity-free white teeth. However, there is more to your oral health than just your teeth. You must also have healthy gums in order to have a truly healthy mouth. With proper brushing and flossing, and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll be off to a good start. Even if you have impeccable oral hygiene habits, you should know the signs of gum disease so that you can address them if they arise. Keep reading to learn what these common signs of gum disease are.

Swollen, Bleeding Gums
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and is caused by a buildup of plaque. Bacteria in the plaque that builds up along the gum line can irritate the tissues of the gums. This irritation leads to inflammation, and causes the gums to swell and be extra sensitive, especially when you’re brushing your teeth. If you notice pain, sensitivity, and bleeding as you brush your teeth, this could be a sign that you have gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis is completely reversible as long as you practice good at-home dental care and see your dentist for treatment.

Receding Gums
If gum disease is allowed to progress, it will worsen from gingivitis to periodontitis. During this stage of gum disease, your gums may form a pocket underneath the gum line that traps food and bacteria, making the problem even worse. These pockets can cause your gums to recede or pull away from the teeth, giving the appearance of longer teeth.

Chronic Bad Breath
Since gum disease is a result of bacteria in the mouth, it should come as no surprise that chronic bad breath is another sign of gum disease. If you notice a persistent bad taste in your mouth even after you brush, or if your significant other comments on bad breath, you may have gum disease. There are a number of potential causes of chronic bad breath, so see your dentist to find out why it’s affecting you.

Oak Creek Dental Care is a full-service dental office in Columbus dedicated to providing comprehensive care for you and your family. Call us at (888) 751-3514 to schedule your next appointment, and let your dentist know if you are experiencing any of the common warning signs of gum disease.

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