Gum disease is a serious chronic infection of the gum tissues that can occur and worsen without many noticeable symptoms, such as pain. Regular dental exams are one of the best ways to catch this disease in its earliest and most treatable stage, but being aware of gum disease symptoms can allow you to monitor your gums for signs of problems at home and get treatment promptly.
Some obvious symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
Healthy gums should not bleed, but when gums become irritated by oral bacteria, they can bleed at the slightest touch. You might notice bleeding when you floss, brush, or eat. This is the most obvious sign of gum disease.
- Redness, puffiness, and swelling
Healthy gum tissue is pink, firm, and tight against the teeth. Oral bacteria can cause inflammation, and your gums might begin to look red, puffy, or swollen. They might be tender when you brush, floss, or otherwise touch them.
- Bad breath
If your breath is constantly bad and does not resolve with improved dental hygiene, you might have gum disease. The oral bacteria responsible for gum disease release a foul-smelling discharge, which appears as bad breath.
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