Signs Of Gum Disease

Periodontitis and gingivitis, and the more severe alveolitis are all branches of the same tree. They are all bacterial gum disease, and can all be cleared up with the same interventions. Although not usually a problem warranting emergency treatments, these infections can get so bad that many teeth can be compromised at once, and if it does start to hurt, getting rid of the pain is a more complicated issue. So periodontal disease can become an emergency, and if left untreated, the disease can even result in tooth loss. Here are some signs that you have a gum infection. 

Gum disease symptoms:

Bleeding: If you see a little pink when you brush your teeth, you are probably experiencing a gum infection. The infecteds gums have  heightened capillary action, and this can result in bleeding when you brush. If you are bleeding when you do not brush, than the problem is quite severe, and needs to be dealt with. 

Discoloration: Having red, puffy gums is a sign of a bacterial infection without a doubt. But in later stages, gums can turn multiple colors, and it is almost always accompanied by tenderness and some amount of bloating. Gums can turn purple, grey and even yellowish at times. Gums can also recede and become purple, this is also a problem, and also means that you have a bacterial infection.

Bloated gums: Usually, when the soft tissues in the mouth become infected, they react by expanding in size. This also can happen if the white blood cells which appear to clean up bacterial infections come around, as the increase in size form their presence will bring about a certain amount of bloat.  

Receding gums: The opposite case can be true, too; a bacterial infection can cause the gums to recede. Usually, the infection will be in the form of plaque on the teeth, which the gums are trying to avoid by shrinking away from them. Smoking, alcohol consumption and xerostomia can also cause guns to shrivel back from off of the teeth, exposing the cementum and the delicate under structures.

Pockets between teeth and gums: This phenomenon can cause your teeth to shift, become loose and eventually fall out. It is the sign of a serious problem, and it means that you have periodontitis in your gums, but also that you have plaque that your gums are receding form. This is what causes those pockets. 

Bad breath, unpleasant taste: If you have persistent bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouth, you may be suffering from some kind of bacterial infection. If this halitosis is coupled with any other of the symptoms mentioned above, then you definitely have a problem, and need to go on antibiotics.

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