Dental health is important. Many may associate cavities with poor dental health, and although cavities are a common concern, another concern that almost half of adults over 30 will experience is gum disease. The risks increase from there, with older adults reaching as much as a 70% rate of gum disease. Thankfully this curable preventable condition is treatable. But first you need to know if you have it! Here are 5 signs your gums need help.
Everyone wants fresh breath, and will do a lot of things to achieve that. Mouthwash, gum, candies, anything that will make our breath smell minty fresh. This may cover up bad breath for a time, but it won’t touch the cause of the bad breath. If you experience consistently bad breath despite careful oral hygiene, ask your dentist to help you figure out if there is an underlying cause, and what that may be. Bad breath can be a sign of many things, but it is also one of the signs your gums need help.
If your gums are swollen, red, this may be an indicator something is wrong, but it may also be a sign your gums need help. Gum disease that is advancing may show itself through redness, swelling, and event discomfort. Don’t worry though, Gingivitis, an earlier form of gum disease is entirely reversible through excellent oral hygiene. Ask your dentist what you can do if you’re exhibiting early signs of gum disease.
Tenderness or Bleeding
Followed by the inflammation and redness, your gums may feel tender, and even bleed when you floss or brush. This is another sign your gums need help. If your gums are exhibiting these symptoms, ask your dentist what you can do to fight gum disease.
Painful or Loose Teeth
Gums receding can cause teeth to be loose, or even painful, as the protection of the gums around your teeth slowly goes away. At this point it is possible you may be experiencing a more advanced form of gum disease, periodontitis. If you are experiencing these symptoms, get to your dentist right away to find out how to cure your gum disease.
As gums recede and more tooth surface area is exposed, especially around the roots and nerves, tooth sensitivity may increase. This is another sign your gums need help. If you experience tooth sensitivity, even if it isn’t gum disease, it can be an indicator something is wrong. Listen to your body and check in with your dentist to determine the cause and appropriate treatment for your situation.
Call our Woodward Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.