Gum Disease Symptoms Explained by Novato Dentist

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jul 5, 2016

Maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime, it’s essential to pay attention to your gum health. Few people realize that Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, but tooth loss is not the only problem.

Recognizing the symptoms of gum disease and seeking early treatment by the Novato gum disease dentist will vastly improve the outcome. Here are some of the common signs of gum disease, so that you can easily identify if/when gum disease occurs in your own mouth.

Gum Disease Symtoms to Look For

  • Bleeding Gums: Infected gums tissue are sensitive and fragile. One of the first symptoms patients notice is bleeding gums when they brush, floss, or eat hard or crunchy foods.
  • Swollen or tender tissue: Your gums may not be bleeding, but you may have noticed that your gums in some areas look swollen and puffy. This occurs because your body is trying to fight the oral infection in your mouth.
  • Bad breath (halitosis): The same bacteria that cause gum disease cause unpleasant odors when they are allowed to grow and multiply. Thus, people with gum disease suffer from bad breath that is especially hard to treat and neutralize.
  • Receding gum tissue: Ass gum disease advances, you may notice that your gum tissue begins to pull away from your teeth and bone tissue. Eventually gum tissue recedes to such an extent that the patient suffers from periodontal pockets—pockets of gum tissue that are prone to collecting dental debris and oral bacteria.
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If you notice any of the above symptoms of gum disease in your own smile, please do not hesitate to contact our Novato Gum Disease Dentist. The sooner you receive the treatment you need, the faster you can enjoy your rejuvenated healthy smile!