Early Signs of Gum Disease

Early Signs of Gum Disease

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February was “Gum Disease Awareness Month”. This campaign was to build awareness of the disease that affects 80% of Americans. In our attempt to bring awareness of the dangers of gum disease we’ve highlighted early signs of gum disease.

Red or Swollen Gums

Are your gums red and puffy? This inflammation is typically caused by bacteria build up around the teeth. Poor dental hygiene mixed with improper brushing and flossing habits are the leading causes for accumulated bacteria. Failure to address this early sign of gum disease can lead to receding gums and further infections.

Blood in Sink

Have you ever noticed blood in the sink when brushing your teeth? This could be an early sign of gingivitis, a mild case of gum disease. This could be corrected with adjusting one’s brushing habits and regularly scheduled teeth cleanings by the dentist.

Gum Recession

Can you see noticeable spaces between your teeth? These spaces could be the start of receding gums exposing teeth previously protected by gum tissue. Teeth grinding can also lead to gum recession as a result of the tension on the gum tissues. With the base of the tooth exposed, one’s oral hygiene is vulnerable for further serious health risks.

Plaque Build-Up

Are you brushing and flossing but plaque remains? Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds onto your teeth. Poor brushing and flossing habits are the leading causes for plaque build up. Untreated plaque build up will lead create a favorable environments to host bacteria and lead to gum recession.

Sensitive Teeth

Are you finding it difficult to soothe your sensitive teeth this winter season? Though tooth sensitivity can be contributed to many factors, count gum disease as one of them. Gum recession leads to the exposure of the tooth root, which presents a direct path for your favorite hot or cold food to trigger your teeth sensitivity.

Bad Breath

Would you describe your breath as, less than fresh? If you have struggled with consistent bad breath, it could be an early sign of gum disease. Your unwanted scent could be the cause of bacteria migrating underneath the gum tissue, which is an area that is difficult to brush or floss.

The Fight Against Gum Disease Starts With Your Next Visit

There has been significant advances to better gum disease than traditional treatment options. In fact, Dr. Moussa is here to help patients fight gum disease! In fact, Dr. Moussa was the first dentist in the Northern NJ a to offer LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), the most significant technological advancement in surgical periodontal treatment in decades.

Believe you are showing early signs of gum disease? Have you missed your past few cleanings? Schedule your next visit to start your fight against gum disease!