When you think of the dentist, you usually think of teeth, right? But don’t forget the gums! Did you know that many adults have some form of gum disease? How would you even know you have gum disease? What are some signs to look for?
Bleeding and Swollen Gums
First, if you notice bleeding when you brush or floss, that could be a sign you have gum disease. Bleeding gums are something you should mention to your dentist at your next appointment.
Next, when you take a look at your gums in the mirror, check to see if they look abnormally red or swollen. Are they sensitive to touch and/or extreme temperatures, like when you chew ice? If so, that could be a problem and you should talk to your dentist about it.
Thirdly, gums can recede or pull back, making teeth look longer and eventually leaving the teeth roots exposed. When this happens, bacteria likes to eat away at the roots– and that’s not good. A receding gum line is not a good thing.
When the gum tissue separates from the tooth root, and decay sets in, you’re likely going to have a loose tooth. Perhaps it needs to be extracted by a dentist. Or maybe a pocket reduction can be done whereas the gum tissue is brought back into contact against the tooth root.
Finally, be on the lookout for an abscess in your gums– this is basically an infection that can cause swelling, pain, fever, etc. An abscess might need to be professionally drained to eliminate the infection.
Keep in mind that gums play a role in your health and shouldn’t be overlooked in favor of just your teeth when you visit the dentist. In Brockport, NY, make an appointment to visit Brockport Dental if you suspect you might have gum disease. Call 585-636-0555 for more information.