Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is generally not painful and many people are not aware they have the disease until it has significantly advanced. Through regular dental exams your dentist will monitor the health of your teeth and gums to identify the early stages of disease.
Signs that you may have gum disease include:
- Red and swollen (puffy) gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Speak to your dentist if you notice any of these signs.
Importance of early detection
It is important to understand that although advanced gum disease can often be treated it is very difficult to reverse. Catching it early can stop the progression and lead to better health outcomes.
It is also important to realize that there is an association between gum disease and other health conditions, such as heart disease.