How gum disease symptoms can just creep up on you
It’s been referred to as ‘the silent disease’ because early-stage gum disease symptoms are notoriously difficult to identify, but … if the symptoms are allowed to go untreated then the consequences can be most unpleasant.
Not many people would be aware of it, but gum disease is the most prevalent disease in the world. It is a fact that 25 percent (that’s one in four) of the population will at some time in their lives experience gum disease symptoms. Depending on what preventative dentistry action you take, both before and after gum disease symptoms appear, is of crucial importance not only to your dental health, but it could even affect your whole lifestyle.
If you simply choose to ignore gum disease symptoms the result could be that you experience sore and bleeding gums. That is only the beginning though because the bacteria and toxins that irritate gums are the springboards for more serious gum disease symptoms that cause the gum tissue itself to break down. The eventual damage can spread below the gums and result in damage to the bone that supports your teeth. It may take years for gum disease symptoms to develop to this stage, but once the damage is done it cannot be repaired.
So you see, the consequences of ignoring gum disease symptoms can be serious. Here is what to watch out for:
Some of the early gum disease symptoms you should be aware of include:
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away.
- Red, swollen and tender gums.
- Painful gums when cleaning your teeth
- Food being trapped between teeth
- Sensitive teeth.
- Worsening taste appreciation.
Indications that the gum disease symptoms may have developed into something more serious are:
- Gums pulling away from your teeth, or receding gums that make your teeth appear longer
- A change in how your teeth fit together when you bite.
- Wobbly teeth
- Recurrent abscesses.
- Teeth falling out.
So there you have our quick guide to how important it is to always be aware of gum disease symptoms and why it is so important that you should never, ever just ignore them.
You can find much more information on our Gum Disease page, but next week we will explain what you should do to protect yourself from the dangers of gum disease and what to do if you suspect that you already have gum disease symptoms.
If you are worried that you may already be experiencing gum disease problems then please do not hesitate to contact us. You can call us on 0161 951 7295 or you can contact us by using the online booking form on our Appointments page.
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