It’s very important that you know something before we get started: Gum disease produces symptoms that are very obvious … sometimes. In other instances, gingivitis (the first stage of this disease of your gum tissue) may be brewing without your knowledge. As a result, keep in mind that your six-month preventive visits are extremely important! Now, about those common symptoms. If you notice these or any type of change, it is always best to give us a call and come in.
Sign #1: Inflammation
Take a look at your smile in the mirror. Healthy gums lie flat against your teeth. Unhealthy gums experiencing gum disease are inflamed. You may refer to this as swollen or puffy. Whatever you call it, we suggest you call us right away if you notice inflammation. Inflamed gum tissue requires immediate treatment, so we can control the problem and bring your smile back to optimal health.
Sign #2: Bleeding
Yes, you might cut your gum on accident, from which you can expect a tiny bit of blood. However, when you’re brushing or flossing, bleeding is not a normal sign. It’s often a sign of gum disease, so it’s best to contact our practice if you notice this is a chronic issue.
Sign #3: New Color
When your smile is healthy and your gums are A-OK they will look like a pale pink. When gum disease takes hold, that beautiful soft color changes to a vibrant or shockingly bold hue. Your gums should not appear bright red nor should they look purple or any other new color. When the shade shifts, contact our office.