With periodontal disease as the number one cause of tooth loss, plus a potential risk factor for serious systemic diseases, it’s something we’re all hoping to avoid. But it’s often tough to spot the early signs of disease, and damage has already taken hold by the time you get help. Learning more about gingivitis symptoms is a great step, especially if you’re at a heightened risk for gum disease.
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your smile, and make sure nothing seems like it’s changing. When you smile in the mirror after brushing or flossing, look out for these symptoms to stay on top of your health.
Common Gingivitis Symptoms
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It takes hold when plaque builds up on your teeth, irritating your gums and causing inflammation. Healthy gums should be firm and pink. If you notice yours looking more like the symptoms below, get in touch right away. If caught early enough, gingivitis can be corrected with just thorough brushing and flossing.
Stay on the watch for gums that look
Like they’re pulling away from your teeth or receding
Dusky red or purple
Bloody, especially after you brush or floss
Persistent bad breath can also point to the heightened presence of bad bacteria in the mouth usually associated with gum disease.
Gingivitis often isn’t painful, so you have to actually look at your gums to notice it. Make a habit of giving your smile a quick scan after oral hygiene!