How to Identify Signs of Gum Disease
Gums are the soft tissues that surround and support your teeth in your jawbone. When healthy, your gums should be pink and firm, and they should not bleed easily. When your gums are healthy, your teeth and your whole body are likely to be healthier. Spotting early signs of gum disease can help you get back on track to good dental health.
Periodontal disease often starts quietly. Your gums may become a little inflamed, and they may bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. As the bacteria begin to grow, they attack the gums more extensively. This can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, which leads to the formation of periodontal pockets. It can also expose the roots of the teeth.
Check your gums each time you brush for signs of gum disease, such as:
• Longer-looking teeth
• Chronic bad breath
• Loose teeth or a change in your bite
• Pus at the gum line
Regular checkups and good dental hygiene are the best ways to avoid gum disease. You may be at a higher risk if you are pregnant, use tobacco, have diabetes, have bruxism or have a poor diet. Check your gums each time you brush to make sure they are free of redness and bleeding. If you notice any symptoms, ask for an evaluation so that you can stop the infection in its tracks. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our periodontist in West Hollywood.
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