Periodontitis, which is broadly referred to as gum disease, is one of the dental problems that people suffer from but are not aware of until it has advanced significantly. Due to this, it is also considered a silent malady as patients may not be aware of the symptoms since they can be mild and fleeting. This is why it is important to be wary of what gum disease manifests as so you can catch it while it is still in its early stages. Failure to do so can lead to tooth loss and a host of other dental problems. So how can you tell if you are developing periodontitis?
Your gums feel irritated
Swelling and redness in your gums can come about due to vigorous tooth brushing. As such, some people will overlook this symptom as they assume they have simply been extra vigilant with their oral hygiene. Nevertheless, irritation in your gums could also be a symptom of early onset gingivitis. This can also be accompanied by some pain in your gums as they could become tender. If you begin to suffer from this, the first thing you should do is switch to a soft bristled toothbrush if you don't already use one. If your gums are still irritated after making the switch, then it is advisable to visit your local dentist for an oral checkup.
Your gums are bleeding
Bleeding gums should always be a red flag that there is something wrong with your oral health. Nonetheless, you will still find some people ignore this as they assume it will go away on its own. When your gums start bleeding, it could imply that they have developed an infection. Granted, bleeding gums could happen due to superficial injuries. However, if this infection is not addressed, the bacteria gets a chance to breed, which will eventually lead to full-blown periodontitis. Therefore, it is essential to have any bleeding investigated further by a dentist.
You are developing halitosis
Bad breath is something everyone will experience at one time or another. This is especially common if you regularly partake in foods with pungent flavours. However, bad breath caused by what you have eaten will typically go away once you brush your teeth. If you find that you constantly have a bad taste in your mouth, it is likely that you could be developing gum disease. To be on the safe side, it is best to have this checked out by a professional.Share
14 March 2017
Hi! Welcome to my blog! My name is Kerry, and this blog is focused on dental fillings. It looks at the history of fillings, options for contemporary fillings, how to protect your fillings, when to replace them and much more. If you have ever had a cavity filled or if you are planning to get a tooth filled, you will find the information in this blog useful. I try to look at fillings from all angles, and I even plan to look at how to avoid fillings through proper dental hygiene and sealants. Thanks for reading, and I hope you find the info intellectually "filling."