Sometimes patients don’t need a dentist or dental hygienist to tell them that they have gum disease. The signs can be clearly there.
Of course, recognizing the signs and accepting them is whole other story. A lot of people have a tendency to pretend not to notice that their gums have changed color, or that they are bleeding every time they brush or floss. Others tell themselves that these changes are perfectly normal.
Let’s face the facts. These are not normal circumstances. These are signs of gums disease.
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Here are the things you need to know about the symptoms of gum disease.
First, it’s probable that virtually everyone you know is experiencing various gum disease symptoms. According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 80% of adults currently have some form of gum disease. The highest incidence is seen in people with poor dental hygiene. Men are slightly more likely than women to have gum disease.
Second, know the signs and address them. Gum disease symptoms range from being quite obvious to being virtually unnoticeable by all but a dentist. The ten most common visible warning signs of gum disease are:
Red, puffy, swollen or painful gums.
Gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing.
Bleeding associated with eating (especially hard foods).
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth and formed pockets.
Teeth which look longer because your gums have receded.
Changes in the way teeth fit together when biting down.
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.
Pus draining from between teeth and gums.
- Any changes in the fit of partial dentures.
- Permanent tooth loss or loose teeth in adults.
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Even if you don’t show any of the symptoms of gum disease, you may not be off the hook. Regular dental exams are the only way to ensure that your gums are completely healthy and disease-free.
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