Bad breath a.k.a halitosis is unpleasant and many will try to cover it up with mints, mouthwash or breath fresheners however, if it is persistent one should not neglect it. There might be different causes for halitosis such as underlying gum disease, tongue bacteria, bad oral hygiene or acid reflux. If you are not sure whether your breath smells nice, you may try to smell the tooth floss or ask a friend for an honest opinion. Halitosis might be a hideous sign for an underlying gum disease.
Tender and Bleeding Gums
If your gums are red, swollen and they bleed when brushing your teeth, you should not panic but at the same time it is highly advisable to inform your dentist. This is an early stage of Gingivitis, gum disease that is reversible with good oral hygiene.
Painful or Loose Teeth
Gums are essential part of the supporting teeth system, however when they start receding, teeth will get loose and cause pain. In this case, one might be experiencing periodontitis and this should be immediately addressed to your dentist.
When gums start receding, teeth and their nerves get more exposed which causes sensitivity. There are instances when gum disease is not a cause for teeth sensitivity. Regardless the cause, it needs a quick action!