How to tell if you have gum disease in Clearwater, FL Gum disease is something that can rapidly progress from being a minor inconvenience to your facing major dental surgery or lost teeth. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of your oral health and pay attention to what is going on inside of your mouth.

Here are some ways to tell if you have gum disease.

Swollen Gums

This is usually the first symptoms that you will see when it comes to telling if you have gum disease. Your gums are normally pink when they are healthy, but they will be red and swollen if gum disease is made its way in. That way, you can’t eat or drink without feeling discomfort.  This is not something you should ignore, since it can get worse much quicker that you might ever imagine.

Another thing to look out for is if there is blood when you brush or floss. That means that your gums need extra attention. Don’t be surprised if there is a decent amount of blood if you floss for the first time in a while. That should gradually decrease and then eventually stop if you make it part of your daily bathroom routine. This ways, you get rid of excess food particles that can wind up causing gum disease.

Bad Breath

While sometimes bad breath is unavoidable – like when you first wake up in the morning, are a smoker or have recently had coffee, lingering bad breath can mean that a lot of bacteria has formed in your mouth and is creating conditions that lead to gum disease. This is often called perio breath.

Sometimes this bad breath is caused by pus, which can spring from an infection. It’s hard to diagnose since the pus can lurk well inside the gum tissue and only show up if there is a lot of pressure applied to the area. It may be distasteful to think about, but it is a possibility when it comes to bad breath and gum disease.

Receding Gums

You look in the mirror and there seems to be more space between your teeth and your gums. It’s not an optical illusion. Your gums are receding from your teeth… and it’s a possible side effect of gum disease. One reason you need to worry about it is that the gums will eventually go up enough to expose the root of your tooth… and that can lead to extreme sensitivity to hot and cold drinks.

The good news about the receding gums is that … with proper dental care…. the progress can halted. It can’t be reversed, but you can keep it from getting worse by resuming your brushing and flossing routine. Otherwise, you risk wincing every time you take a sip of a drink.

There are other things to look out for that include your teeth becoming sensitive, wiggly or shifting. There may be a change in your overall bite. All of these symptoms may mean that you need to both get more dedicated to your tooth brushing and flossing routine and also head straight to the dentist to make sure that your gum disease has not progressed to an irreversible stage.

See, when you initially get gum disease, it starts off with gingivitis. That’s when the gums are swollen. You can reverse that by brushing properly  Also, you don’t have just your teeth and gums to worry about when you have gum disease. Your mouth offers easy access to your bloodstream and the bacteria that forms in there can make its way in and cause a lot of the conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, just to name two.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you feel pain in your gums when you floss or brush, that usually happens early on in the gum disease process. As it progresses, that pain may go away… and people often mistake that for meaning that the problem has gone away. Not so. It can wind up making its way through your mouth with incredible speed… and result in your needing replacement teeth.

Sometimes gum disease can result in dental emergencies. The staff at Dental Emergency Room are well-equipped to handle those. If you live in the Clearwater, Florida area, you can come in 24/7. There are also general dentists available so if you need routine dental care, this is also the place to go. Call 727-449-2424 today.

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Dental Emergency Room
1935 Drew Street
Clearwater, Florida 33765
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 727-449-2424