How Will You Know If You Have Gum Disease??

A person’s mouth is full of bacteria. If not removed, it can cause severe dental problems, including gum disease.

Once that happens, it can lead to chewing problems and bleeding gums. Even worse, it can also result in tooth loss. But how can you tell if you have one?

How to tell if you have gum disease

Symptoms of periodontal disease can vary, depending on the severity of the condition. But most people who have this condition often experience bad breath that won’t go away quickly.

They also experience red gums, which often bleed, especially when it’s already tender. Aside from bleeding gums, people who have periodontitis experience pain whenever they chew. Some even notice their gums receding until they lose their teeth.

Meanwhile, some people see pus around their teeth and gums. It can be problematic, especially when they wear partial dentures regularly. That’s because it changes how a person’s teeth come together, changing the fit of the dentures itself.

Once that happens, the best way to fix it is to get help from a dental implant specialist near their area.

What causes bleeding gums?

Seeing your gums bleed as you brush or floss your teeth can feel disturbing. There are several reasons why gums bleed, with some less concerning than others.

One common reason why it happens is because of gingivitis. It usually occurs when a person fails to remove the plaque when they brush or floss the infected gums.

Whenever this happens, the gums will soon start to turn swollen and become tender. There are even instances when it bleeds when they brush their teeth.

But one of the most significant causes of gum disease is smoking. Experts say that smoking can even make the procedure for treating it less successful.

Other risk factors that can cause a person to get gum disease is diabetes and dry mouth. Certain health conditions such as AIDS and genetic susceptibility can also prompt a person to become easily prone to such illness. Even women are more susceptible to swollen gums during pregnancy.

Experts say that hormonal changes at this stage can alter the body’s natural response to bacteria. Although the symptoms will clear up after their pregnancy, it’s still best to regularly do their checkup and brushing to prevent further gum problems.

Bleeding gums can be a telltale sign of gum disease. Leaving it untreated can lead to other more severe stages of the gum disease. To prevent it from getting worse, the best way to treat it is to see your dentist as well as your dental hygienist.

Asking help from a dentist can help you get the best treatment to control the disease. The type of treatment can vary, depending on the severity of the condition.

To prevent the condition from occurring, the best way to protect yourself is by practicing excellent oral hygiene. You can ask your dentist for other suggestions to protect yourself from any gum disease, too.


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Dr. Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is committed to providing high-quality dentistry using state-of-the-art equipment to help you achieve improved oral health and the beautiful smile you deserve.

Dr. Nguyen has served on the Virginia Board of Dentistry and has many achievements such as: Invisalign Premier and Teen Provider, Pre-Fellow with Academy of General Dentistry, Graduate of Aesthetic Continuum, Engel Institute for Dental Implant Training, WaveOne Endodontic Training, HD President’s Club.

Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, staying active in the gym, and trying out new restaurants.  When he isn’t at work, you can find him playing basketball, tennis, football, or hiking.

“I want to make you feel right at home, exceed your expectations, and provide an amazing experience!”