Gum disease is the second-most common dental health issue for adults in the U.S., but that isn’t because the disease is inevitable or difficult to prevent. On the contrary, most people develop severe gum disease because they missed the early signs that could have warned them of impending trouble. Today, we examine some of the visible changes that can occur due to early gum disease, as well as other symptoms that might not be as immediately obvious.
Why Your Gums Change Appearance
As the name suggests, gum disease affects the soft gum tissues that surround your teeth roots and cover your dental ridges. The disease is the result of chronic infection and inflammation in your gums, which are caused by excessive buildup of harmful oral bacteria. As the infection develops and matures, the color of your gums can become red, swollen, and highly irritated. The more severe gum disease becomes, the darker your gum tissues may become.
Other Common Signs of Gum Disease
In addition to swelling and changes in the color of your gums, gum disease can also cause the tissue to separate (or recede) from your teeth roots. Though not obvious at first, the periodontal pockets formed by gum recession can become more noticeable the deeper the separation grows. You might also notice increasing sensitivity in your teeth roots as gum recession exposes them, as well as bleeding in your gums whenever you brush and floss your teeth.
Find Out More About Treating Gum Disease
If you notice any visible changes to your gums that might indicate gingivitis or gum disease, then schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.