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Signs You May Have Early Stage Gum Disease

Posted on 3/10/2020 by David Mugford
Signs You May Have Early Stage Gum Disease Gum disease is extremely common, but fortunately, it's also highly treatable. Caused by a buildup of a sticky, bacteria-laden substance called “plaque” that forms around your teeth and along your gumline, early state gum disease appears when toxins released by the plaque starts to attack your teeth and gums. Swelling, redness, and bleeding may occur. If you have early stage gum disease (also known as “gingivitis”), rest assured that you can still reverse the signs and symptoms of this disease without lasting repercussions.

How Do I Know if I Have Early Stage Gum Disease?

Knowing the early signs gingivitis is vital. While this disease is still in its early stages, it's still wholly reversible, meaning that you don't have to endure the pain or embarrassment of tooth loss. Catching it early can be the difference between mild irritation and profound pain. Recognizing these symptoms can help save your beautiful smile:
•  Blood when you brush or floss. One of the first signs of gingivitis is the presence of blood –
•  have you noticed a red or pink tinge in your sink when you spit following brushing or flossing your teeth?
•  Red, tender, swollen gums. Another early sign of early stage gum disease is having redness and swelling along your gums where they meet your teeth.
•  A foul odor in your mouth. Bad breath can be a sign of not only improper dental care, but it can also indicate that you may have gingivitis.
•  Your gums are pulling away from your teeth. Having a receding gumline can also be a major red flag for early stage gum disease.
If left neglected, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, which can lead to loss of your tooth and major infection. You can prevent this from happening by having a good tooth care regimen in place; regular brushing and flossing are key in preventing this disease from progressing. It's also extremely important to get regular dental checkups at our office. Please give us a call today to schedule a comprehensive dental exam with a cleaning. If we suspect you have early stage gum disease, we can put you back on the path to healthy teeth and gums – or help prevent gingivitis from happening in the first place!
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