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How Do You Know if You Have Gum Disease?

Posted on February 10, 2011 | in Gum Disease | by

Asking your dentist would be the first step, but for those times when we’re all away from the dental chair there are some signs to keep in mind. Gum disease is quickly becoming an overall health issue, rather than something limited to our teeth and gums. Understanding the signs to look for can not only help prevent the onset and advancement gingivitis and periodontitis, but possibly more serious health concerns.

If we detect – or if our dentists detect – gum disease at an early stage, things can often be reversed. And although anyone can develop symptoms, adults are most likely to develop gum disease. Here are some signs to look out for between your twice (or thrice!) annual dental visits.

Here are some signs of gum disease courtesy of

1. Red, swollen and/or tender gums
2. Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
3. Receding gums
4. Changes in your bite, or the way your teeth fit together
5. Persistent bad breath

If you experience any of these symptoms or notice any signs described above, do yourself a favor and make a dental appointment immediately. Gum disease can lead to more serious health issues such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Ask your dentist if you have any questions on the oral systemic connection.

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