Far from being a separate entity, your oral health is intimately connected to your general health. Studies have shown close links between the health of your gums and serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. Our dentist here at Edward Street Dental (Formally Mary Street Dental) will carefully assess the condition of your gums at each checkup, but in between it’s essential to keep an eye out for the symptoms of gum disease.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
One of the first signs is noticing your gums bleed after brushing or flossing because healthy gums should never bleed! Your gums could look swollen or red, and they may begin to recede, making it appear as if your teeth are longer. Other signs include having bad breath or a persistently nasty taste and increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods. If the disease progresses, your teeth may shift position or could even loosen, changing the way they bite together.
When to Get Treatment?
Like all diseases, the sooner you can get treatment the better. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and is entirely reversible. The later stage is called periodontitis and is much trickier to treat, frequently requiring ongoing maintenance and care. Gum disease is just one reason why it’s critical to keep up with your regular dental checkups and cleanings, so get in touch with us now if it’s been a while since you saw a dentist.