Three Unexpected Signs Of Gum Disease

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Most people know some common signs of gum disease, like noticing that your gums look red and inflamed. But not all symptoms of gum disease are obvious or well-known. If you're experiencing these symptoms, it may mean that you have gum disease and potentially a more advanced form of it, as well.

Your Teeth Look Bigger

This may seem like it's too odd to be true, but in reality, it is true. When you have gum disease, your gums tend to start pulling up and away from the upper teeth, and down and away from the lower teeth. What this means is that it reveals parts of your teeth that are ordinarily hidden under your gums, which can make your teeth look longer or bigger as a result. Your teeth haven't actually changed sizes, and it is possible to get your old appearance back with treatment, so don't panic. However, if you notice this sign, you should get help as gums only tend to recede in the later stages of gum disease.

Bleeding Starts, Then Stops

Most people know that bleeding is a sign of gum disease, but it's easy to mistake bleeding that starts and then stops for a good sign. While some people will experience bleeding that comes to an end with early stages of gum disease, in the later stages, it can actually indicate that your gums are getting worse, not better.

The reason for this is due to tartar, the hardened form of plaque. When tartar forms over the gums, it can act as a sticky bandage, sealing up crevices and preventing the gums from bleeding. Tartar can't be removed with a toothbrush or floss, so it's not a situation you can fix at home on your own. In short, if your gums were bleeding and then stop, don't make the assumption that it's a good sign. Get an exam to find out for sure.

Flossing Becomes Harder

Lastly, you might find that flossing becomes more difficult with gum disease. This is because the gums tend to become a bit puffy and swollen, and it can become harder to fit the floss between your teeth as a result. It may also cause some pain when you try to floss. Don't let this dissuade you, though. While you might not be able to stop the gum disease by flossing, you can potentially prevent it from getting worse until you get to a dentist's office, so keep at it.

Gum disease should always be treated by a dentist, as it's a tricky condition that's difficult to diagnose on your own. If you have any of these symptoms, consult with a dentist right away to prevent your gum disease from worsening and putting your teeth at risk.


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Do you care for your teeth like you should? Most people brush their teeth, but so many people rush through this process and are not as careful as they should be. Still others avoid flossing. A lack of dental care over the years can lead to increased decay. Thankfully, we have dentists who can treat decay with fillings, crowns, and in some cases, root canals. Dentists also provide preventative care. They can clean your teeth and use things like fluoride treatments to strengthen your enamel. The more you know about dental care, the better you'll be able to care for your mouth, so feel free to read some of the articles on this website.