Did you know that broken teeth can lead to gum disease and that gum disease can lead to broken teeth? Broken teeth are unprotected teeth that can become infected and make it easier for your gums to become infected. Gum disease can weaken your teeth and cause a broken tooth or two. Here are some early warning signs that you may already have gum disease.
Bleeding Gums After Brushing
Your gums shouldn’t bleed after normal brushing. An early warning sign of gum disease is finding a spot of blood in your bathroom sink after you rinse. According to the Dental Health Society, about 50% of adults over 30 have some form of gum disease and are unaware. Spots of blood are an indication that you have gum disease.
If your teeth are healthy yet they feel loose, you may be experiencing early warning signs of gum disease. The gum tissue becomes weaker and unable to support the teeth. In some cases, you will notice that the gums are receding. If your teeth look like they are getting longer, your gums are covering less area of your teeth, and you have gum disease. Developing pockets in your gums is another sign.
Your Gums are Discolored
Bright red gums or gums with a purple hue are signs of gum disease. Your gums should have a pinkish color. If you notice a change in the color of your gums and your gums are feeling sensitive, you likely have gum disease and should seek treatment.
If your breath smells bad even after brushing and flossing, it is a sign that something else is happening in your mouth. Gum disease is the most likely culprit causing your bad breath. A foul odor coming from your mouth is an indication that there is an infection.
If you experience any gum disease signs, make a dentist appointment. Gum disease gets worse with time. It is treatable. Early treatment intervention is one of the best ways to ensure treatment success. Don’t wait to get help. Don’t risk broken teeth and tooth loss. Make an appointment today with Orion Lakes Family Dentistry to learn more about gum disease, how to treat it, and how to prevent it.