Early Signs of Gum Disease: What to Look for

Gum disease is fairly common among adults. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about 50% of adults between 30 and 65 years old have some form of gum disease. And, the percentage increases to 70% after the age of 65. 

While age certainly plays a role, one of the main reasons people get gum disease is that they are unable to recognize it in its early stages. 

So, here's what to look for to spot the early signs of gum disease and treat it as soon as possible. 

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the advanced stage of gum infection. That means that bacteria has penetrated your gums as well as the bones that support your teeth. As the disease advances, the gum tissue can no longer properly hold the teeth and that can lead to tooth loss. 

The good news is that gum disease can be reversed or kept under control if it's detected in the early stages. 

The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. 

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

If you notice any of the following signs, visit your dentist to get a proper evaluation:

  • Bleeding and swollen gums 
  • Gums that bleed after brushing your teeth 
  • Red and tender gums 
  • Receding gums 
  • Loose and shifting teeth 
  • Changes in your bite 

The moment you notice that your gums are getting swollen or that they bleed easily, then that's more likely a sign of gingivitis. This is an important red flag and you should book an appointment with your dentist right away for preventive care

If your symptoms are more intense, such as receding gums, visible pockets between the teeth and the gum, or pain when biting and chewing, then you may need a more thorough and complex treatment plan than preventive care. 

How to Prevent Gum Disease 

Poor oral hygiene is usually the main cause of gum disease. As such, make sure that you have and follow a strict dental hygiene routine. Brush your teeth every morning and night and floss daily to get the food particles that are stuck between your teeth. Go to regular dental check-ups for professional cleaning. Your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar that builds up at the base of your teeth and that's usually responsible for gum disease. 

Other things that can help prevent gum disease are having a balanced diet and quitting habits such as smoking or vaping. 

Are You Worried About Gum Disease? We Can Help! 

Are you suspecting that you may have gum disease? Do you want a proper dental evaluation to make sure that your oral health is in good condition? 

Then you should book an appointment with one of the dentists at Glen Valley Dentistry.  

Get in touch with us today, tell us about your problem, and we will schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Shaun Williams.