Your gums are an important part of your mouth. If they’re unhealthy, they may bleed more easily or have some swelling and redness to them. This can be a sign that you need treatment for gum disease.
In this article, we will go over telltale signs that your gums are unhealthy and how to tell if something might be wrong in your mouth before it gets too bad!
Red, puffy gums
If your gums are red, swollen, or tender to the touch; if they bleed when you brush or floss; and if they are sore or painful when you chew—all of these can be signs of gum disease. Also keep an eye out for:
- A bad smell coming from within the mouth
- A change in the color of the gums
Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs of periodontal disease. They occur when you brush or floss your teeth and the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums, causing them to bleed.
Another sign of periodontal disease is swollen, red and tender gums that don’t respond well to cleaning or brushing. You may also see dark spots on your teeth or even loose teeth.
Chronic bad breath
If you have a bad taste in your mouth, or if you notice that your breath is not as fresh as it should be, there are several possible causes. The most common reason is gum disease, which can cause chronic bad breath. Before panic sets in, don’t worry; this isn’t always a sign of something more serious.
It’s important to remember that many other conditions cause chronic bad breath (like dry mouth or excessive smoking), so it’s always best to seek professional advice if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks.
Loose teeth can be a sign of gum disease. Tooth decay, trauma, or gum disease can cause the supporting structures of your teeth to weaken and loosen. If you have loose teeth, you’ll notice difficulty in chewing and swallowing food, pain when chewing and it may be uncomfortable to bite down on certain foods.
If you have loose teeth that aren’t painful and are not causing a problem with eating or speaking, then they may not need to be removed right away. However, if they are causing discomfort or do interfere with eating and speaking because they’re so loose then they will most likely need to be removed by a dentist or oral surgeon.
If you experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods, it may be a sign that your gums are unhealthy. You may also notice tingling or burning in the mouth after eating as well as pressure sensitivity. If this is happening, there’s a good chance that your gums are receding.
Additionally, if you feel any pain when eating certain foods (such as sweets), it could mean there’s too much acid in that area of your mouth—and that could lead to bleeding gums!
If you’re concerned about your gum health, talk to a dentist.
If you’re concerned about your gum health, talk to a dentist. A dental professional can help you figure out what might be going on and suggest treatment options for your specific situation.
Your dentist can also help with the prevention of future problems and make sure that any existing issues are treated properly. In addition, dentists often have specialized training in diagnosing gum disease and other oral conditions to provide the best care possible for their patients.
Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
Halitosis is a common side effect of mouth breathing and dry mouth. If you’ve noticed an unpleasant odor coming from your breath, it could be a sign that something is wrong in your mouth or with your overall health.
If you are concerned about the way your breath smells and want to know if it’s related to gum disease or other issues, talk to a dentist.
If you are noticing that your gums are receding from the teeth, it can be a sign of periodontal disease. Your gums should appear pink or red and should fit snugly around your teeth without any spaces between them.
If they are pulling away from the teeth or beginning to become red, swollen, tender, and bleed easily when you brush or floss then this could be an indication that you have gum disease.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a dentist who can assess your situation. They will be able to tell you if there is anything wrong and recommend treatment options that are right for you.