Our teeth are very important to us, and our gums should be as well. If our gums fall victim to gingivitis or periodontitis, there are a host of symptoms that can show us that our teeth need some help. Here are some of the most common symptoms of gum disease.
What Are Your Gums Telling You?
It is important to know that gums should typically be pink in color and fit around our teeth. Anything outside of that normally indicates something is wrong with our oral health. One of the first signs of gum disease is the presence of discolored gums. If your gums are bright or dark red, or purple, that is bad. Any swollen or puffy gums also indicate there is some degree of gum disease at work. Gum inflammation will get progressively worse, and it is a clear indicator of bad gum health.
As gum disease progresses, you are likely to experience more issues with your teeth. There might be lots of blood when you brush or floss your teeth. Your toothbrush may become tinted pink because of gum coming off during brushing. Chewing food might become painful. If you suffer from any of the previously mentioned symptoms, whether a combination or just a single one, this might indicate that your gum disease is farther along and will need aggressive treatment.
You might also feel like your teeth do not fit well together. You may feel spaces developing between teeth. Finally, if you lose teeth or have loose teeth, things are very bad. If you experience any of these symptoms or have concerns that you may be suffering from gum disease, please contact our office. We will be able to provide a fuller list of symptoms and tell you ways that you can combat gum disease.