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The Most Common Gum Disease Symptoms

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You definitely don’t want to deal with gum disease. Aside from the inconvenience and discomfort it can cause you, it can actually lead to some pretty serious consequences not just for your dental health, but your overall wellness, too. To help you avoid developing gum disease, here are the most common symptoms you should keep an eye out for:

Bleeding Gums

You may find that your gums often bleed when you brush or floss them, but just because this happens occasionally doesn’t make it normal. In truth, healthy gums should not be bleeding at all! If you start to see that you regularly have “pink in the sink,” then you should consider talking to your dentist about changes you can make to your oral hygiene habits.

Red, Swollen, or Tender Gums

When your gums are closer to a shade of red rather than a healthy pink, look a little puffier than normal, or feel sensitive, then it’s all a sign of gum inflammation. This inflammation occurs when bacteria and plaque build-up around your gum line.

Receding Gums

It might be hard for you to tell if you have receding gums or not, but another way to look at it is to see if your teeth look longer. When your gums pull back, they reveal more of your tooth, which can give them a longer appearance. The concern is that with more of your tooth revealed, the more vulnerable it becomes to bacteria. You may notice that some part of your gums look normal while some have receded.

Persistent Bad Breath

Having bad breath after you eat garlic is one thing, but having bad breath all the time, no matter what you eat, is another issue. When there’s a problem with your oral health, it can cause an unpleasant odor in your mouth. There are a variety of conditions that can cause this, but gum disease is one of them.

Gum Therapy at Edgewater Dental Arts

If you have any of these signs of gum disease or if you’re concerned that you have gum disease, we recommend that you come into our office for a consultation. We offer periodontal (or gum) therapy at our practice, so we can help you return to a healthy smile. Just call or email our office today!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.