3 Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Graphic showing the phases of gum disease

The health of your gums is vital to your overall health. Gums support your jaw bone and keep your teeth in place. If you don’t care for your gums, you can develop gum disease and a variety of health issues like tooth and bone loss. Gum disease is also linked to other problems like heart disease. Unfortunately, gum disease – which is usually caused by poor oral hygiene – is very common. Helotes Family Dentistry wants you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease that you should watch out for.

  1. Red, Swollen Gums
  2. Gums that look red and swollen are a sign that you’re suffering from inflammation. Gingivitis, which is what mild gum disease is called, is usually responsible for this irritation. While it isn’t always the case, red, swollen gums are often tender or even painful. When you brush or floss, your inflamed gums might bleed.

  3. Persistent Bad Breath
  4. Harmful bacteria cause gum disease. Besides damaging your teeth and gums, this bacteria also causes bad breath. You might experience a bad taste in your mouth, as well. If you can’t seem to get rid of your bad breath, you might have gum disease.

  5. Receding Gums
  6. Have you noticed that your teeth look longer than before? What’s actually happening is gum recession. When not dealt with, harmful bacteria destroy your gum line. As your gums pull away from your teeth, it creates a pocket. Bacteria build up in these pockets, which makes the disease worse and damages the bone.

Addressing Gum Disease at Helotes Family Dentistry

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to visit our Helotes office. Depending on how advanced the disease is, a good professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene at home might be all that’s needed. If your gum disease is severe, Dr. Brigman and our other dentists will recommend additional treatments. Have questions about symptoms you’re experiencing or want to make an appointment? Contact us today!

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