Friday 15 January 2021

When do Your Gums Need Help?


 It is well known fact that dental health should be taken seriously. Breaking the golden rules of regular tooth brushing, using dental floss and mouthwash as well as paying a visit to your dentist at least twice a year will only do you harm. Even though cavities is associated by many with poor dental health, there is yet another oral issue that is worth emphasizing and that is gum disease. Almost half of the adults over 30 at some point in their life will experience gum disease. The good news is that it is curable if treated on time. Yet, first you need to know if you have it right? Here are the most common signs you should look for  when brushing your teeth.

Bad Breath 

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! 

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