By Mission Hill Dental
November 18, 2019
Category: Oral Health

How healthy are your gums? They could be trying to tell you something.

You might not realize it, but lurking within your mouth is bacteria capable of causing gum disease. Daily flossing, twice-a-day brushing, and regularly visiting our Canyon Lake, TX, dentist, Dr. Horacio Lucero, twice a year for cleanings can all greatly reduce your risk for gum disease, as well as detect any problems early on before they cause serious and irreversible problems for your teeth and gums.

So, what are some of the warning signs and symptoms of gum disease to be on the lookout for?

  • Inflamed gums: Healthy gums are naturally pink, but gums affected by gum disease are often red, swollen, and puffy. This is because plaque releases toxins that can irritate the gums and eventually lead to gingivitis. Inflamed gums are usually the very first sign that something is wrong. Gums may also be tender to the touch.
  • Bleeding gums: Are you noticing blood in the sink after flossing and brushing? If so, this is another sign that your gums may not be as healthy as you think. If you haven’t been flossing and suddenly start up again you may notice a little tenderness or bleeding; however, this problem shouldn’t persist. If your gums bleed often when you brush and floss, then it’s time to turn to our Canyon Lake, TX, general dentist for a checkup.
  • Teeth that look longer than usual: Receding gums is another sign of gum disease. As the gums recede, more of your teeth will become uncovered. If your teeth suddenly look longer than they usually do, then you could have gum disease.
  • Persistent bad breath: There are many reasons for unexplained chronic bad breath, and gingivitis is just one of the common causes. If you are dealing with foul breath despite good oral hygiene, then it might be time to see your dentist.
  • Pus between your gums: As gum disease progresses, pockets of infection begin to develop within the gums. These infected pockets will then grow, causing gums to pull away from the teeth. Over time, pus or fluid may buildup between the teeth and the gums. If you notice pus or an abscess, you need to seek immediate dental care.

Concerned? Give us a call

Mission Hill Dental is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care to patients living in and around Canyon Lake, TX. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or you just need to schedule your routine dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to call our office today at (830) 625-7322.