6 Warning Signs of Gum Disease
(And How To Avoid Them!)
Your gums are a critical component to keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. They support the structure of your teeth. Gone untreated, gum disease may lead to many other health issues, including tooth loss, bone degradation, and even may be linked to cardiovascular problems. Here’s a few warning signs to look out for and a few ways to keep your gums looking and feeling great.
WARNING SIGNS OF GUM DISEASE
- Bleeding While Flossing or Brushing
- Receding Gum Line
- Bad Breath
- Teeth mobility (Feel Like Your Teeth Are Moving)
- Sensitivity to Hot/Cold
PREVENTING GUM DISEASE
- Regular visits with periodontal measurements to look for
even minor gum recession
- Regular xrays to look for potential damage to teeth or roots
that can impact gums as well
- Reduce stress
- Reduce sugary drinks and foods
- Discuss medication changes with your dentist
DON’T WORRY (It’s not too late!)
Even if your gum disease is more severe, it is not too late to help regain your oral health. Scaling and root cleaning can be done to clean “deep pockets” and remove microbes and tarter that may be stuck to root surfaces of the teeth. A referral to a periodontist can also be made to address gum and bone structure health. Occasionally, antibiotics are prescribed to address bacteria that
may be affecting the patient’s oral health.
Ultimately, the goal is for your gums to be light pink, firm, tightly wrapped around your teeth and healthy.