The 3 Warning Signs of Gum Disease

man flossing teethNearly half of the U.S. adult population suffers from gum disease. It is also a disease that has severe consequences for your dental health. The worst case scenario is the loss of infected teeth. To protect your teeth, watch our for the three most common signs of gum disease and visit a Niles dentist immediately if you suspect you have it.

Bleeding Gums

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it could be a sign that you do not brush or floss enough – but it could also be a sign of something more serious. As gum disease progresses, bleeding in your gums will get worse. You may notice that your gums swell and feel sore when you brush.

In advanced cases of gum disease, your gums may bleed with little to no stimulus at all.               

Gum Recession or Gum Pocketing

As gum disease progresses, your gums will recede, giving your teeth a longer appearance. In later stages, you may even notice “pockets” forming as your gums pull away from your teeth. Food debris can become stuck in the pockets and can be difficult to remove.

The loss of gums can result in loose and infected teeth, so it is essential to visit your dentist as soon as you notice your gums receding.

Tooth Sensitivity

Receding gums expose the sensitive roots of your teeth, which can lead to tooth pain when eating or drinking. Some people have naturally sensitive teeth, but if it begins to worsen, it can be a sign of gum disease.

If you suspect you may have gum disease, contact Northwestern Dental Group right away for treatment.