The importance of brushing your teeth cannot be overstated, and that’s not just because we want you to keep your teeth white. Ignoring proper dental hygiene can lead to a wide range of problems, chief among them gum disease.
If too much bacteria inflames your gums, it can lead to gingivitis, which in turn can become periodontitis. This disease causes bacteria to spread throughout the gums, and can even affect your teeth. Be aware of the following signs of gum disease to catch it before it spreads.
One of the most common symptoms of gum disease is bad breath that you can’t get rid of. We’re not just talking about bad breath that you get in the morning or after you eat a particularly strong smelling food. If your bad breath won’t go away after washing out your mouth and brushing your teeth, you may have gum disease.
Of course, an even more obvious sign may be red or swollen gums. When you go to brush your teeth, spend a few seconds to examine the gums around your teeth. Any areas that are bright red compared to the rest could be a problem, and this is especially true if they bleed easily once you start brushing.
While anyone can get gum disease, people who smoke, have diabetes, and who are taking certain medications are at a greater risk. Other common signs of gum disease including a receding gum line, loose teeth, and painful chewing. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional dental care as soon as possible.