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Symptoms of Gum Disease
New Bedford, MA & Falmouth, MA


Man with dental pain due to gum disease at Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.A common name for gum disease is periodontitis which is characterized by a gum infection that can lead to severe consequences such as loss of teeth, loose teeth, and damaged soft tissue, to name a few.

One of the biggest causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene and lack of proper dental care habits such as brushing the teeth twice daily or flossing the teeth once a day, for instance. Gum disease is fairly common, but that doesn’t mean it’s not preventable. With the right oral hygiene and practices, you can keep both your teeth and gums in the best health and condition.

A simple way to treat gum disease is to stop it before it becomes serious. Take note of the following symptoms of gum disease so that you are able to get it checked in time and prevent it from causing further dental issues.

Swollen Gums


The first few signs of gum disease include swollen, red gums that require your immediate attention. It is important to note here that gum disease first attacks the gum line and causes serious inflammation along the line. Your gums might also feel super sensitive and tender when you brush or floss your teeth.

Painful Chewing


If your teeth and gums hurt while chewing food, it’s another sign that your gums may have contracted a serious infection. The painful chewing could also possibly be due to swollen, puffy, and tender gums.

Bad Breath


We all wake up with bad breath in the morning, but a case of persistent bad breath even during the day is a symptom of gum disease. The human mouth is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria that feed on plaque, so the more plaque and tartar you have in your mouth, the more bacteria that feed on it.
This eventually results in a foul, unpleasant smell in the mouth because the bacteria release certain toxins that are associated with a bad odor.

Shifting Teeth


Gum disease can seriously affect your smile and the alignment of your teeth because it attacks the bones that keep your teeth in shape as well as in place. This results in what’s known as ‘shifting teeth,’ which is highly evident, especially when you bite down and notice that your teeth don’t fit as well together as they used to.

Bleeding Gums


A lot of people find their gums bleeding sometimes when they brush their teeth in the morning, but if your gums tend to bleed more often than that, it’s a sign of serious gum disease.

There are various other symptoms of gum disease that you may experience as well, such as:
•  pus between the teeth and gums
•  bright red or purplish gums
•  new spaces between the teeth
•  gums pulling away from the teeth


If you happen to be developing a case of serious gum infection, contact us at Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry by calling at 508-441-4154. We have trained dental professionals on board who will first examine your teeth and then suggest the appropriate treatment and prevention methods.
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