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3 Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease

November 26, 2020 11:58 pm

Gum disease begins with irritation and inflammation of the gums, and it eventually progresses to infection and loss of gum tissue. Advanced gum disease can result in tooth loss as the bacteria attack the bone structure of your jaw. In this blog post, we discuss a few of the early warning signs of gum disease.

Bleeding Gums

If bacteria are not daily brushed and flossed away, they will accumulate along your gums. This will cause your gums to become irritated and inflamed. As a result, your gums may bleed when you brush or floss. Even eating hard foods can trigger your gums to bleed.

Keep in mind that bleeding gums can also be caused by a blood disorder so it’s important to follow-up with your healthcare providers if you experience chronic bleeding.

Foul Breath

A tell-tale sign of early gum disease is chronic foul breath. The unpleasant odor doesn’t go away with mints and mouthwash. Bad breath from gum disease happens because the bacteria that cause the infection produce waste with a noxious smell.

To stop the odor, you must rid your mouth of the microorganisms that have accumulated underneath your gumline with improved oral hygiene and a deep cleaning at the dentist. You may also require additional treatment, like medication.

Swollen Gums That Are Red or Purple

Healthy gums are pink in color. When you have gum disease, the bacteria irritate the gum tissue and cause them to become bright red or purple. Sometimes, they’ll be a darker shade of red. But even if your gums are still pink in color, they can be puffy, swollen, and tender.

Improved oral hygiene at home and periodontal therapy at the dentist can treat the bacteria, which will reduce the swelling and pain, and your gums will look and feel healthier.

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If you recognize any of these early warning signs of gum disease, contact Seastone Dental today so you can receive the treatment you need to prevent additional pain and damage to your oral health. We also invite you to explore our website to learn about our comprehensive dental services and financial options!

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