It is important to recognise the symptoms of periodontitis (gum disease) early on to prevent serious damage to your teeth and gums.
There are some clear signs that you may be developing gum disease or already have a form of gum disease.
Blood: If you notice blood on your toothbrush or when you spit out the toothpaste, that blood will have come from your gums. Your gums may also start to bleed while you are eating.
Appearance of gums
Gum disease can make your gums appear red and swollen. While you may not be concerned with the look of your gums, you should be able to feel if your gums are swollen as the bulge can be irritating, sensitive or even painful.
Receding gums expose the roots of teeth leaving them more prone to infection. These infections, if untreated, can contribute towards gum disease.
Constant bad breath, no matter how often you brush or how much mouthwash you use, is another sign of gum disease. This problem can also lead to a constant bad taste in your mouth. See solutions.
There are several tell-tale signs of gum disease that can be found by observing your own teeth.
If you have any loose or lost teeth, the area of your gums affected by them is more prone to infection by bacteria. Loose teeth and lost teeth should be replaced in order to provide greater protection.
The same goes for any teeth that have shifted or become crooked. These should be straightened or replaced to protect the gum. See our full range of services.
If the shape of your teeth changes as a result of any of these, your bite will change. An uneven bite will increase the pressure applied to the gums, causing them to recede and leaving the gums more exposed to bacteria.
A gum abscess occurs when pus builds up inside the gum and often causes pain. The bulge should be very noticeable whether it is by looking at your gums, brushing your teeth or rubbing your tongue against your gums.
Unlike mouth ulcers, these abscesses won’t go away on their own and need to be treated even if they cause you no pain.
There isn’t always an obvious symptom of gum disease particularly if you feel no pain, you don’t bleed from your gums and your teeth give you no problems.
That’s why we can provide a maintenance program to assess your oral health to ensure you don’t have gum disease or are on the path to gum disease as well as checking to see if your gums are receding. See how we helped other patients.