Red gums may not seem like much of a problem, but if your gums are a deep red and bleed occasionally, you may be developing gingivitis which can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is not something to ignore. It is the major reason for tooth loss. Healthy gums should look light pink and firm. If your gums are looking dark red and swollen, then it may be time to visit your dentist.
Keep Periodontal Disease at Bay
Unless you have a family history of periodontal disease due to genetics, it is not really that difficult to keep the disease at bay. Proper oral hygiene, which includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, as well as visiting your dentist at least every six months for checkups and professional cleanings, can help keep the harmful oral bacteria that causes periodontal disease from remaining on your teeth long enough to do harm.
Harmful Oral Bacteria
Your mouth is filled with bacteria. Some of it is good bacteria and some can be dangerous to your oral health. The bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease feed on sugars and starches. As they metabolize them they release acids that lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, and eventually can lead to periodontitis (the severest stage of periodontal disease). These acids irritate and eat away at your healthy pink gingival tissue, breaking it down and breaking down the periodontal ligaments that help hold your teeth in your jawbone. This can lead to loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Root exposure
- Periodontal pockets
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms contact your dentist right away for a complete oral evaluation.
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