The early stage of Gum disease is called gingivitis, and it develops when plaque builds up along and under the gum line. It’s actually quite common. A lot of adults develop gingivitis, usually when they’re in their 30’s and 40’s. Most cases are less severe, but if gingivitis goes untreated, it can advance into a more serious gum disease, called periodontitis.
The problem with Gum disease is that it’s possible to have it and not even know it. Gum disease initially is painless, but can cause a lot of problems if not treated, including the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth. Good oral health care, which includes brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth daily with dental floss, eating a balanced diet, and visiting Dental Associates at least twice a year is the best form of prevention, and the best way to keep your smile healthy; teeth, gums and all!
Symptoms of Gum disease:
- If your gums bleed easily or are tender
- If your gums are red and/or swollen
- Your teeth are sensitive
- If you have bad breath that won’t go away or you have a consistent bad taste in your mouth
- It hurts to chew
- Your teeth are loose or look like their separating from one another
- your gums have pulled away from your teeth (receded)
- Your teeth feel different when you bite; they don’t fit together like they have been
- Your partial dentures don’t seem to be fitting properly
Gum disease can happen to anyone, but there are a few risk factors that play a role in how young you are when you get it, and how quickly it can affect you.