A lot of people have gum disease and may not even realize it. Gum disease can lead to you having problems with eating and even with losing teeth. So, what are some signs that you should look out for when it comes to periodontal disease?
Bleeding When Brushing
People get used to seeing their gums bleeding a little when they brush their teeth or seeing a tinge of pink on their toothbrush. However, that's not a normal thing. Healthy gums do not bleed when you brush your teeth. If you are seeing that, then you are seeing one sign of gum disease. It's a relatively early sign, so you and your dentist should be able to reverse any damage fairly easily. You may have to use a prescription toothpaste or mouthwash in order to fight the gum disease. Your dentist may also suggest that you use a softer bristled toothbrush.
Receding Gum Line
There are very few times when the word receding is followed by something good. Receding flood waters would be a good example of something good. Receding gum lines is a good example of something bad following the word receding. When your gum line starts receding, the roots of your teeth start to be exposed. That puts your teeth at risk. That root should never be exposed. When it is exposed, you are at risk of cavities getting into the root of your tooth, which can be harder to fill and can hurt more since it's closer to the nerves. Also, the gums help to anchor your tooth in your jaw. Yes, they are attached to the bone, but the gums give them support and help your teeth to stay where they belong. The further your gums recede, the less support and stability your teeth have. In extreme cases, your teeth can actually fall out. There are periodontal disease treatments that your dentist can do to help you with receding gum lines. One of them is to transplant gum material to the area where your gums are receding. It can be a somewhat painful process, but it will give you a healthy gum line again.
Many people have periodontal disease and don't even really realize that they do. Knowing what the signs are can help you make sure that you aren't one of those people and that you keep your mouth as healthy as possible for as long as possible.