What is gingivitis in the first place? Gingivitis is a form of gum disease. The most common symptom of gingivitis is inflamed gums. And in case you’re wondering why someone may have gingivitis, the primary reason is poor oral hygiene.
Bacterial contamination across the gums is the start of gingivitis, following which, bacteria find their way underneath the gums to infect and inflame the tissues and eat away at the bone structure. In some cases, the experience could be associated with pain, while in others, the victim may experience no pain at all.
Therefore, it is important to know some of the common signs associated with gingivitis. The following 5 of such common signs will help you with exactly that:
1. Red and Swollen Gums
Gums are meant to be pink and firm. Red gums indicate an infection of one kind or another. Red and swollen gums are the most common symptoms of gum disease. In some cases, you may even notice your gums bleeding when you brush or floss.
2. Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums while brushing and flossing could still be indicative of a mild or severe infection that requires a dental consultation. But what if your gums bleed without any apparent cause? It is possible it came from gingivitis or something more serious happening in the mouth. In this situation you should be booking a visit with your Family Dentist or Hygienist.
3. Pain and Heightened Sensitivity
The pain that you experience during gingivitis varies from being mild to severe. However, it’s always associated with swollen gums. If gingivitis has been left untreated for long enough, you may even begin to experience heightened tooth sensitivity. Recession or bone loss due to these aggressive bacteria, can expose more tooth structure causing a patient pain or discomfort.
4. Persistent Bad Breath
Bad breath can be caused by several different environmental groups. But most commonly from your bacterial metabolism. When there are too many of these bacteria present, the smell will be very potent and no matter how much you brush your teeth, it’s not going to go away. The reasoning behind this is due to the fact that, the source is residing underneath the gums, where you can not properly clean.
5. Loose Teeth
Your teeth are kept firm in their places by the gums and bone within the mouth. To have strong teeth, you need strong gums and healthy bone levels. However, when your gums are infected, they lose their strength and further effect the level of bone which can lead to your teeth becoming loose or mobile.
Your teeth may become loose due to numerous reasons and each of them requires immediate attention from the dentist. If your loose teeth are specifically accompanied by swollen and red gums and bad breath, it’s an obvious sign of infection.
Having gone through the signs, if you think you have gingivitis, please contact one of our locations for assistance now. There’s no better way to prevent gingivitis in the first place than to go in for regular dental visits. Preventive care is key when it comes to sustaining good oral health and over-all systemic health.