Good oral health doesn't only mean that you have sparkling white teeth and no cavities. It means that your gums are healthy too. Unfortunately, a lot of people aren't aware of the importance of healthy gums and can't spot the signs that something is wrong.
Your gums play a crucial role in the strength and health of your teeth. If your gums are affected, then your teeth will likely be too. That's why is so important to be able to identify the early signs of gum disease.
Here's what to look out for:
What Is Gum Disease and How Does It Affect Your Oral Health
Gum disease is an infection of the gums. While the reasons may vary from genetics to lifestyle, more often than not, gum disease is the result of poor oral hygiene.
Whenever we eat, the bacteria in our mouth combine with saliva, food particles, and other fluids and form a sticky film known as plaque. This plaque sits at the base of the teeth, close to the gum line, and slowly turns into tartar. Good oral hygiene and regular dentist appointments for professional cleanings are the best ways to remove this plaque and prevent bacteria from entering the gums.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
- Your Gums Are Bleeding When You're Brushing or Flossing
This is usually the first sign of gum disease. As more plaque builds up close to your gums, they become inflamed and more sensitive. As a result, they bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth.
- Your Gums Feel Tender and Sensitive
If your gums feel tender when you are chewing or if you notice that they are more sensitive to hot and cold, then that may be another sign that it's time to see your dentist.
- Your Gums Are Inflamed
Healthy gums have a light pink color, although certain factors, such as your ethnicity, can influence their color. But, if you notice that your gums have an intense red color and seem to be a bit swollen, then that's a clear sign of gum disease.
- Your Gums Are Receding
As the disease progresses, you will notice that the gums are pulling away from your teeth and your teeth now seem longer. If this happens, then you will need to see your dentist as soon as possible. Bacteria now have a bigger entry point, and you are more prone to developing an infection.
Dealing with Gum Disease? We Can Help You!
Gum disease is a serious dental condition that can have devastating consequences on your oral health if left untreated.
If you notice any of these signs, get in touch with the team at 320 Dental Studio as soon as possible. We will help you find the best treatment for you and restore your oral health.