When you ignore the early signs of gum disease, the disease progresses. It quickly goes from something that is little more than a nuisance to something that can put every single tooth in your mouth at risk.
The signs are subtle, so you need to be looking for them. If you don't, you may miss some of the important signs that could let you know that your mouth is in trouble. Here are some signs you need to be watching for during your oral hygiene routine.
The First Symptoms of Gum Disease
Typically, the first sign of gum disease that people notice is a bit of bleeding coming from their gums. Unfortunately, that isn't usually the first sign that you have gum disease.
For most people, the first sign of gum disease is puffy or swollen gums. They may only be puffy in some areas of the mouth, not all. This makes them harder to notice unless they are on the front teeth and someone is looking carefully.
Sometimes, the gums may throb a bit. Unless you are really paying attention to it, you normally wouldn't notice this little bit of throbbing. This is usually then followed with bleeding gums. However, they may bleed each time you brush, or only at random intervals.
The sooner you bring these signs of gum disease to the attention of your dentist, the sooner you can begin treatment. If you start treatment early on, then you can usually reverse the effects of gum disease. Find out more from your dentist the next time you go in.
They likely have some visual aids that will allow you to see the difference between healthy gums and those that have already started showing signs of gum disease. Ask them for more information, and how to keep your gums in optimal health.
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