When you visit your office of general dentistry for a dental cleaning and
exam, your dentist looks at more than just your teeth. Your gums play
a crucial role in the overall wellness of your mouth, so maintaining their
health is important. Read on to learn what signs can indicate a case of
early gum disease.
Gum Swelling and Inflammation
When bacteria get the chance to build up in your mouth
due to insufficient oral hygiene, they form into a substance called plaque. Plaque tends to accumulate
along the gum line and can irritate and infect the gum tissue. These conditions
cause the gums to become inflamed, making them appear swollen and dark
pink or red in color, rather than a healthy pink.
Gum Tenderness and Bleeding
Because early gum disease causes your gums to become reddened and inflamed,
this will often make them feel tender. You may notice that you need to
brush and floss your teeth more gently in order to avoid pain or bleeding.
Many patients fail to realize that having gums that bleed when they clean
their teeth isn’t normal, and is a sign that it’s time to
see their dentist.
Gum Recession and Tooth Sensitivity
Have you noticed that your teeth appear longer than before, or that they
have become more sensitive? If so, then your gums may be receding. Gum
recession can be the result of a number of issues, but gum disease is
a possible culprit. When poor oral hygiene leads to gum disease and causes
your gums to recede, this means that they pull back and expose more of
your tooth than they should. If a sensitive area of the tooth called the
cementum is exposed, this can lead to tooth sensitivity.
If you’re concerned about the health of your gums, then come and
visit one of our MyDentist offices of family dentistry in Bloomingdale,
IL. We offer
periodontics and are located at Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale Road and Eagle
Falls Dentistry on Stratford Drive. For more information or to schedule
your appointment, please call us at (630) 894-5180.