In the 21st century more people lose their teeth due to gum disease than to decay.

The good news is that gum disease can be treated if caught in its early stages and a simple routine check up with a thorough dentist will diagnose the disease immediately. If your gums bleed when you brush them, do not assume that it is normal because it is not.



You can find and treat the problem before it gets serious if you know what to look for.

Red, swollen gums: That’s one of the first signs your gums need attention. Gum disease typically starts with inflammation along the gum line.

Bad breath: Your mouth is a nice, warm, and wet home for millions of bacteria. They feed on plaque, so the more of that you have, the bigger the buffet. Bacteria release toxins that can irritate the gums and teeth.

It can also be a symptom of serious gum disease. Your breath usually doesn’t change much if you’ve got gingivitis.

Gums that get smaller: If your teeth look longer than they used to, chances are they’re not growing — your gums are shrinking.

When bone starts to break down, the gums start separating from the tooth, creating a pocket. This pulling away is called receeding gums.

Sensitive teeth: If a sip of a cold drink makes you wince, your teeth may be telling you something. That’s a symptom of gum disease that often goes hand in hand with shrinking gums. With receeding gums, the sensitive part of the tooth is exposed, called the dentine, causing sensitive teeth when exposed to cold water and air.

Wiggly or shifting teeth: Does your smile look a little different lately? Gum disease can attack the bones that hold your teeth in place, making them loosen or move. Periodontitis is the main cause, and it can even change the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

The longer you wait the worse the gums become, the teeth may start to move and you may notice the gums are receeding. Infections which are surprisingly painless arise, which later may be untreatable and your only option may then be to extract the teeth. So don´t wait until it is too late and make an appointment for a check up so that we can assess your gums properly. At Zen Smile Dental Clinic our specialist periodontist will provide you with endless solutions to help save your teeth.

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