By Shanean Michelle Anderson, DDS, PA
July 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Know the signs of gum disease and when you should visit your dentist for care.

Millions of adults in the US are dealing with gum disease and unfortunately many don’t know it. If left untreated gum disease can lead to gumdiseaseinfection, tooth loss, and bone loss. Therefore, the sooner you seek treatment the better. From the office of our Wake Forest, NC, dentist Dr. Shanean Anderson, here are the warning signs and symptoms of gum disease,


Bleeding Gums

If you find blood in the sink when rinsing your mouth after brushing or flossing this is a telltale sign of gum disease. Since gum disease progresses quickly even the smallest and seemingly insignificant symptoms such as bleeding gums can turn into infected teeth and tooth loss if left untreated. Gums should never bleed when you brush and floss.

If you don’t floss regularly bacteria can easily buildup below the gums, which is responsible for the bleeding. Are you noticing bleeding gums? If so, it’s time to see our Wake Forest, NC, general dentist.


Receding Gums

You may also notice other changes in the appearance of your gums. They may appear puffy, inflamed, or be tender to the touch. Along with these changes you may also notice that suddenly your teeth look a bit longer than usual. No, your teeth haven’t grown. Instead, the gums have started to pull away from the teeth.

Receding gums is a sign that gum disease is progressing. If receding gums aren’t treated this can lead to deeper pockets of infection within the gums, which will pull the gums further from the teeth until they can no longer support the teeth. As a result, teeth become loose or fall out.


Tooth Sensitivity

While there are several things that can cause tooth sensitivity it’s possible that the cause is gum disease. After all, persistent inflamed gum tissue can end up exposing the roots of the tooth. Exposed roots make the teeth more susceptible to sensitivity, decay, and possible tooth loss.

If you are dealing with gum disease in Wake Forest, NC, don’t worry; we can provide you with the treatment you need to improve the health and appearance of your gums. Call Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest today for an appointment.