Know the Symptoms of Gingivitis
There are many ways that you can treat gingivitis and reverse the condition before you need to face dental surgeries and procedures that are just as costly as they are painful. While it is relatively easy to treat and reverse gingivitis, many people do not know the symptoms of gingivitis.
In addition, people rarely visit their dentists for check-ups as often as they should. Therefore, many people do not realize there is a problem until they are suffering pain and the condition can no longer be ignored.
In order to protect your oral health and avoid having to undergo dental procedures, you should know about the symptoms of gingivitis. That way you can begin treating it early and recover your total oral health.
This article will explain what some of the symptoms if Gingivitis are, and what you should look out for:
Inflammation and Swelling of the Gums
Inflammation and swelling of the gums are instant warning signs that you are developing gum disease. When you start developing gingivitis, you will feel inflammation of the gums and you may also feel a slight sense of burning in your gums. The inflammation and swelling are caused by the build-up of bacteria and plaque on the teeth and gums, which irritate the gum tissue. When you have gingivitis your gums will be very tender and sensitive, but they will not generally be very painful. Painful gums tend to indicate that the condition has become more advanced and may have become periodontitis, which is a much more serious oral health condition.
Purple of Bright Red Gums
When you have gingivitis, you will notice that your gums have become bright red or even purplish. This change in the natural color of your gums is caused because they are irritated by the bacterial infection that is starting up on the tissue. This is often a symptom that is overlooked by people unless they are in the habit of studying their gums.
Bleeding gums are far more difficult to ignore than the changing color of your gums. This often happens when you are brushing your teeth or if you eat something crunchy. Often your gums will bleed because they are not as strong as they should be due to the bacterial infection there.
Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth is a very common sign that you have developed gingivitis. The reason that this occurs is that the toxins in the bacteria emit foul odors and gases. When you experience this, you will still notice the taste or smell even after you have just brushed your teeth.
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