Spotting the Early Signs of Gum Disease

When you visit your office of general dentistry for a dental cleaning and exam, your dentist looks at more than just your teeth. Your gums play a crucial role in the overall wellness of your mouth, so maintaining their health is important. Read on to learn what signs can indicate a case of early gum disease.

Gum Swelling and Inflammation

When bacteria get the chance to build up in your mouth due to insufficient oral hygiene, they form into a substance called plaque. Plaque tends to accumulate along the gum line and can irritate and infect the gum tissue. These conditions cause the gums to become inflamed, making them appear swollen and dark pink or red in color, rather than a healthy pink.

Gum Tenderness and Bleeding

Because early gum disease causes your gums to become reddened and inflamed, this will often make them feel tender. You may notice that you need to brush and floss your teeth more gently in order to avoid pain or bleeding. Many patients fail to realize that having gums that bleed when they clean their teeth isn’t normal, and is a sign that it’s time to see their dentist.

Gum Recession and Tooth Sensitivity

Have you noticed that your teeth appear longer than before, or that they have become more sensitive? If so, then your gums may be receding. Gum recession can be the result of a number of issues, but gum disease is a possible culprit. When poor oral hygiene leads to gum disease and causes your gums to recede, this means that they pull back and expose more of your tooth than they should. If a sensitive area of the tooth called the cementum is exposed, this can lead to tooth sensitivity.

If you’re concerned about the health of your gums, then come and visit one of our MyDentist offices of family dentistry in Bloomingdale, IL. We offer periodontics and are located at Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale Road and Eagle Falls Dentistry on Stratford Drive. For more information or to schedule your appointment, please call us at (630) 894-5180.

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