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Signs You May Have Gum Disease Besides Bleeding Gums

Posted on 10/30/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
Signs You May Have Gum Disease Besides Bleeding GumsGum disease often catches our clients by surprise. You may not see severe symptoms until you are already in advanced stages of the disease, since the earliest signs and symptoms typically do not include pain.

In addition to bleeding gums, there are many other signs to look for. Here are some of the most common signs that we ask our patients to be on the lookout for.

Swollen or Tender Gums

Inflammation is usually caused by bacteria on your teeth. When your gums swell up, even a little, take notice. If the inflammation does not go down, give our office a call.

Gums Pulling Away From Your Teeth

Gum disease can lead to bone loss, which can accompany your gums receding. If your gums start to push back, then you need to come in and get checked out.

Loose Teeth

Loose teeth can be caused by infection around the gums. If the infection is not treated, it can lead to complete tooth loss. By treating gum disease, especially in its earliest stages, we can then avoid teeth getting loose or falling out.


Gum disease can make your teeth more prone to sensitivity. This can include being sensitive to heat and cold, as well as being sensitive to different tastes, like bitter and sweet.

Bad Breath That Will Not Go Away

Chronic bad breath can be a sign of gum disease. Bad breath is typically caused by trapped bacteria below the gum tissue. This is one of the easiest ways to figure out that your gums need a bit of help.

Keep a look out for these warning signs. Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can begin treating gum disease, the easier it is to treat, and the higher your chances become of being able to totally spare your mouth these side effects.
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