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How Do You Know If You Have a Gum Disease?

Gum disease, often painless and invisible at first, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It starts with a minor gum infection and can spread to the bones beneath your teeth.

More than half of adults have gum disease, affecting millions in the U.S. alone. It’s important to recognize the early warning symptoms and schedule regular dental checkups to avoid serious consequences. But how can you tell if you have gum disease? Let’s have a look.

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    What is a Gum Disease?

    Gum disease, as mentioned above, is one of the main reasons for tooth loss in adults. It affects the tissues supporting your teeth. Although it is often painless, if left untreated, it can lead to severe tissue damage or even tooth and bone loss.

    It can manifest in various forms, starting from mild gingivitis caused by a bacterial infection to the more severe chronic periodontitis that progresses slowly and becomes more evident in adulthood. However, the good news is that with early detection, you can undergo effective treatment and prevent the disease from causing severe damage.

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    Who Can Get Gum Disease?

    The following kinds of individuals are more prone to gum diseases:

    • People with poor oral hygiene, like those who do not brush or floss regularly.
    • Smokers have 2x the risk of developing periodontal disease as nonsmokers.
    • Individuals who use medications, like anticonvulsants and anti-anginas.

    Signs That You May Have Gum Disease

    The following signs indicate whether or not you have gum disease:

    1. Swollen or Bleeding Gums

    Healthy gums don’t bleed during brushing or flossing. So, if you have bleeding or aching gums, it is an indication of gum disease. Without regular care, bacterial plaque builds up, irritating your gums and making them red, swollen, and sensitive.

    This plaque can destroy the fibers connecting gum tissue to teeth, leading to inflammation and bleeding–known as gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.

    2. Gingival Recession

    Just like a receding hairline, you can also experience receding gums. Gingival or gum recession exposes the tooth roots, increasing the risk of decay, infection, and sensitivity.

    Healthy gums fit perfectly around teeth, but gum disease creates deep pockets that trap debris, worsening the condition. Regular dental check-ups can catch early signs, and treatments like deep cleaning or surgery can help.

    3. Tooth Sensitivity

    If you feel pain or discomfort when drinking hot or cold beverages, biting ice, or in cold air, then you have tooth sensitivity. Yes, it may also be a sign of developing gum disease.

    Tooth sensitivity can be painful, often from exposed roots or thin enamel. Gums protect these roots, so when they recede, they expose sensitive dentin. If your sensitivity intensifies, it’s time to consult your dentist.

    4. Continuous Bad Breath

    We’ve all had bad breaths, easily fixed with mints or brushing. But constant bad breath can signal poor oral health, tooth decay, or gum disease. Persistent bad breath comes from bacteria releasing smelly gases on your teeth, gums, and tongue.

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    In A Nutshell

    If you suspect any of the above-mentioned issues, you should know that they may be because of a developing gum disease in your oral cavity, so don’t ignore them and act fast.

    Reach out to ACE Dental Texas at (833) 777 – 7ACE. Let’s tackle this situation together and restore your gum health!

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