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How to Spot the Signs of Gum Disease

by Dangula Bingula

When it comes to oral health, we all understand just how important it is to have a regular brushing routine, floss our teeth regularly and of course visit the dentist for check-ups to ensure that our teeth are healthy. Regular trips to the dentist can help to spot some of the early signs that there may be issues with our teeth, before they get too bad. These are things that are often easier to treat in the early stages before they get too bad.

Gum disease, also sometimes referred to as a periodontal disease, is one such thing that we should be looking out for. If you are having issues with your teeth, then it is always a good idea to see your dentist for a quick check up. If you are not registered with a dentist in your area then a quick Google search such as dentist Stockport will bring you up a list of ones to contact, including BosdenFarmDental.

Here are some of the signs that you should be looking out for that may indicate that you have gum disease.

Bleeding gums


When you brush or floss your teeth, your gums should not bleed. If you are not a regular user of floss, then the build-up of bacteria below your gums may cause them to bleed when you brush your teeth. This build-up can spread over time and can cause bleeding when you brush your gums as well. The bleeding will worsen if not treated.

Gum recession


If your teeth look like they are getting longer, then your gums may be receding. This is a sign that you may be suffering from gum disease. When this occurs, the depth of the gum tissue “collar” around your teeth increases. As this disease gets worse, these pockets become very deep and can trap food particles. These particles can be difficult to remove either by brushing or flossing. This, in turn, causes the pockets to become deeper still and the gum disease to get worse. Whilst many people believe that gum recession is a natural part of growing older, this is not the case and it can easily be prevented.


The recession of your gums can lead to sensitivity in the teeth. If this happens, this sensitivity can be a sign that you are suffering from this disease. When your gum tissue is chronically inflamed, this means that the root surface of the tooth is exposed. The exposed root is more likely to be subjected to decay, tooth sensitivity and even the potential of losing a tooth.

Tooth sensitivity can, of course, occur for many people when consuming cold or hot beverages, but if the symptoms you are experiencing are increasing then it would be advisable to take a trip to the dentist to rule out gum disease.

Constant bad breath


If you are having issues with bad breath and brushing your teeth does not improve the situation, then there may be something more sinister taking place in your mouth. Bad breath could occur as a result of food particles getting trapped in your mouth due to the issue of receding gums we already mentioned. This is certainly something you might like to discuss with your dentist as not only can it be a sign of gum disease but also a number of issues with your mouth.

When it comes to your teeth, early intervention really is the best way forward so if you are concerned about any sudden changes in your oral health make an appointment for a check-up.