A startling reality is that 75% of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum or periodontal disease. If left untreated, this condition can cause sensitive gums, a receding gum line, and eventually tooth loss. Yet the early warning signs of periodontal disease are much less severe and thus many people do not seek the help a gum specialist until it’s too late. By understanding the initial signs of gum disease you may be able to reverse its effects.
The following symptoms are typically characteristic of early gum disease and may include:
- Bleeding during brushing or flossing
- Sore, swollen gums
- Red or inflamed gum tissue
- “Long” teeth or a receding gum line
- Chronic bad breath and bad taste
In the beginning stages, improved dental hygiene can usually reverse the effects of gum disease. Better brushing and regular flossing can help remove plaque buildup, which is often the root cause of gingivitis. A professional cleaning will also remove tarter below the gum line where gum disease begins.