Signs You Have Gum Disease and What to Do About It

Posted by Dr. Soto Aug 16, 2019

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Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which is a mild type of gum inflammation. The early stages of gingivitis are marked by bacteria in plaque buildup and bleeding gums when brushing your teeth.

Gingivitis is also the mildest form of periodontal disease. If it develops further into periodontitis, you may lose one or more of your teeth and develop infections that can spread to other organs of the body.

The best way to prevent gum disease from developing is by regular brushing and flossing. This helps to remove the normal mouth bacteria and food particles that collect on the teeth every day.

It is best to see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to further prevent – and potentially reverse if necessary – the beginning stages of gum disease. Let’s dive deeper into what gum disease is, as well as its treatments and prevention.

Signs of Gum Disease

When you’re brushing your teeth and you notice that your gums are bleeding a little bit, that is the early sign of the development of gum disease and gingivitis. After brushing, you may also notice red, swollen gums, and they may appear to be receding and exposing more of the teeth.

If this is left untreated by a dentist, it can eventually cause the formation of pockets in the gums around the teeth. Any teeth that wiggle or have noticeably shifted, and any changes in bite patterns, likely signal gum disease.

Even if you think that your gum disease is too far gone to bother seeing a dentist, it is best to see a dentist to find out how it can be treated and potentially stopped.

Causes of Gum Disease

Some people believe that brushing the teeth is only for achieving fresh breath, so they do not brush their teeth. But brushing your teeth every day, ideally at least twice daily, is the best way to remove the buildup of harmful plaque and bacteria that could otherwise cause gum disease and potentially widespread infection.

People who are going through major hormonal changes, such as during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause or andropause, are likely to experience sensitive gums. This makes them more prone to developing gum disease during these periods of life.

Some illnesses such as cancer, viruses, and even diabetes can put a person at an increased risk of developing gingivitis and periodontitis, because their immune systems are compromised. Certain medications cause a decrease in saliva production, which can negatively impact oral health; this is because saliva cleans teeth and fosters a healthy mouth.

Trusted Dentist in Fort Lauderdale

Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, rinsing with mouthwash, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings is the ideal way for patients to prevent gum disease. Oral health affects overall health, so keeping the mouth clean and healthy is of utmost importance for a healthy body.

If you are in the Plantation area or anywhere in South Florida, contact the offices of Dr. Ernie Soto. He has years of experience treating gum disease and gingivitis, and he even offers IV sedation dentistry if you prefer to sleep during your dental visit.

Call us today at (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment online now, and let us help you actually enjoy going to the dentist!

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