Overlooking a little blood in the sink after brushing or flossing might not seem like an issue at first, but there’s good reason to keep track of these signals. These are early signs of a very treatable, reversible form of gum problems. Left untreated, this mild stage of gum problems can progress to an advanced stage, which permanently damages the bones and tissue that hold teeth in place. Pay attention to these five most visible gum problems symptoms and keep your mouth healthy.
#1 You're Seeing Red
Red is universally used to signify danger. So, if you start seeing gums that are a shade of red, or are purplish, this could signal gums that are in trouble. Healthy gums are firm and pale pink. Germs can cause inflamed gums, resulting in the early stage of gum problems. If left untreated, it could lead to Periodontitis, the more serious stage.
#2 Your Gums Are Puffy
In the early stage of gum problems, gums can also swell as they become inflamed. This is a sign that you want to start adhering to a more solid oral-care routine. Brush and rinse twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist at periodic intervals.
#3 You See Blood in the Sink
Seeing blood in the sink when you spit into it after brushing and/or flossing is another symptom. Bleeding gums signal early-stage gum problems.
#4 Your Gums Are Pulling Away from Your Teeth
If your teeth start to look bigger than normal, and you notice receding gums, or gums that pull away from your teeth, you could be suffering from the milder stages of gum problems or the more serious, Periodontitis. It is not just a natural part of ageing.
#5 You’ve Got Bad Breath
Bad breath, or having a persistent and very bad taste in your mouth, can also signal early gum problems. Plaque buildup on the tongue is usually the culprit to bad breath.
Other unique changes due to gum problems could also include:
- Tender-to-the-touch gums
- Odd new spaces forming between your teeth
- Loose teeth
- A change in your bite or the way your teeth fit together when you bite
These are signs you should not ignore. If you take control of your gum situation, there's still a chance for you to avoid advanced gum problems, and maintain good oral hygiene and mouth health.