Most of us know that we need to be seen by a dentist when we begin experiencing problems with our teeth, such as pain or increased sensitivity to hot or cold items. But few people realize that they need to pay attention to their gums as well. Here are a few of the gum problems that you should not ignore. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, call Rochester Dental Clinic for an appointment today!
Brushing and flossing should not be painful. Unfortunately, if you suffer from gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may notice that your gums feel sore when you brush or floss. This is one of the first signs that you may be suffering from either of these gum problems, so if you notice this symptom, call your dentist right away. The longer you wait, the more widespread the problem could become.
A person who has gum disease, periodontal disease or periodontis may notice that their gums are puffy, red and/or swollen. All of these conditions are caused by a bacteria that grows in the mouth. When the bacteria enters the gum, it cause the redness and swelling that you see. The positive part of this is that the symptoms can be treated if they are caught early enough. The downside is that if the problem is not treated, it can cause other problems, such as receding of the gums, degrading of the jaw bone and tooth loss.
The last sign that you should never ignore is bleeding gums. If you brush vigorously or become a bit over-zealous while flossing, you may cut or irritate your gums, which can lead to bleeding. This, in and of itself, is not a cause for concern or worry. If, however, the problem bleeding occurs while you are brushing lightly, or happens often, you need to have it looked at. Bleeding gums can signal a number of problems, including gingivitis, periodontis, hormonal imbalances and fungal infections.