If you have gum disease, you may not notice that you have this problem until it is too late. The earliest signs of periodontal disease are often ignored as simple issues that will heal on their own, but you may not notice that the symptoms have gone on for a long period of time without getting better.
It is very important to check for early signs of gum disease because early detection will prevent the problem from turning into a more serious concern. Gum disease in its early stages is completely reversible; however, if it turns into periodontitis, you can lose your teeth and may have to deal with more expensive (and more complicated) treatments.
How will you know if you have gum disease? Getting familiar with gum disease symptoms can help you seek professional help in the soonest possible time before the problems worsens.
Here are the most common symptoms of gum disease:
- Swollen or red gums
- Gums that bleed easily (when brushing the teeth, eating, flossing, or even when simply touched)
- Tender gums
- Loose teeth, or teeth that develop spaces (in between the teeth and the gum line)
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain experienced when chewing food
- Bad breath that won’t go away even with tooth brushing or using mouthwash
- Persistent bad taste in the mouth
- Development of mouth sores on the gums
- Changes in the way the teeth come together (changes in the bite)
- Changes in the way partial dentures feel and fit inside the mouth