Did you know that if left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and major discomfort? The first few stages of gum disease are reversible while the later ones pose a serious risk to your oral health. Aside from your regular visits to your Marco Island Dentist, your proactive role in caring for your mouth is also critical for monitoring gum health. Before it develops into something serious, it’s best if you keep an eye out for these early signs and symptoms:
Generally, your gums shouldn’t bleed whenever you brush or floss. However, if you’re not a routine flosser, your gums may bleed due to the buildup of plaque on your teeth and gumline. Unless things take a turn for the worse, this can usually be reversed by regular brushing and flossing as well as a professional dental cleaning.
Your teeth don’t grow so if they seem to look longer, it’s because your gums are shrinking. Receding gums occur when your bone starts to break down causing your gums to separate from your teeth. This can lead to tooth sensitivity.
Do you wince each time you consume hot or cold beverages? If you do, this means that your receding gum tissue is exposing the root surface of your tooth. When this happens, the tooth becomes more susceptible to sensitivity, decay, and potential loss.
In case you’re not aware, the millions of bacteria that live in your mouth feed on the plaque. This means that the more plaque you have, the bigger the bacteria’s buffet. Also, the toxins released by these bacteria that irritate your gums and teeth can smell really bad.
Gum disease is a serious concern. If you experience any of these signs, we recommend you see your Marco Island Dentist as soon as possible. At Island Paradise Dental, an honest, high-quality dental care in a comfortable environment is guaranteed. Call us now to set up an appointment!