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Signs of Gum Disease

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Medically reviewed by: Dr Shan Lam BDS (Bris) General and Cosmetic Dentist

Signs of Gum Disease

There's more than bleeding when brushing to look out for! Here are some more signs of Gum Disease you should know...

by Holland Park Dental Centre on Dental Health  Dental Hygiene and General Dentistry

Gum disease is largely preventable. It’s usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups and dental hygiene appointments will reduce the risk of developing gum problems and give you opportunities to spot the signs of gum disease.

If left untreated, gum disease can progress to become more serious, become infected and can lead to tooth loss. We all know that bleeding when brushing is a sign of gum disease. But, there are a few more to look out for if you’ve missed or overlooked the early signs.

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Signs of Gum Disease

Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fit snugly around teeth. Symptoms and signs of gum disease can include:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Bright red, dusky red or purplish gums
  • Gums that feel tender when touched
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pink-tinged toothbrush after brushing
  • Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing your teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth or loss of teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • New spaces developing between your teeth
  • Gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

Worried about your dental health?

If you’ve experienced any of these signs or symptoms then schedule a dental exam or a dental hygiene appointment at Holland Park Dental Centre today!

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