3 ways your teeth try to warn you about your oral health
Healthy gums are often taken for granted, and a little blood on your toothbrush is easily dismissed. After all, gum disease is something that happens to other people, so those swollen, tender gums are just a temporary concern that will eventually clear up with more cleaning, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash.
Let’s stop right there, because it is important to understand that infected gums, also called gingivitis, can sneak up on anyone. This is true even if you have always had excellent gum health in the past. The good news is that there are early warning signs, so you can get treatment before the infection gets too advanced.
Here are three very important ways your teeth try to warn you that you that something is going on in your mouth that may affect your oral health.
What are the three warning signs?
- Bleeding gums are usually one of the first signs of a gum infection. People usually notice it on their toothbrush or dental floss while cleaning their teeth. Gums are generally a little swollen and tender at this stage, and you might notice that the color of your gums has changed from a healthy pink to a deeper, reddish color. This very early stage is the point when dentists wish everyone would immediately make an appointment for a check-up
- Chronic bad breath that is accompanied by an awful taste in your mouth is another sign of an infection in your gums. This is not the kind of bad breath you get from eating garlic or onions, but rather it is so persistent that no amount of cleaning or swishing with mouthwash is going to get rid of it.
- When teeth become more sensitive, painful or even begin to loosen it is often a symptom of a more advanced form of gingivitis, called periodontitis. It is still treatable, but the longer an infection is allowed to grow, the harder it is to get under control and the greater the amount of damage.
What can you do if I have some of these signs?
Continue to protect your oral health with an appointment for a comprehensive dental examination. Early treatment is important, so take action and get back to healthy gums.