Gum Pain? Bleeding on brushing? Wobbly teeth? Painful gums? Bad taste in the mouth? Does your breath smell?
If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms you need to book an appointment with your dentist to prevent and treat any infection in your mouth. Painful, sore and red gums can be a sign of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Gum pain can also be caused when the gum disease has progressed to the structures supporting the tooth (periodontium), this is known as periodontitis. If left untreated this can lead to tooth loss and minimises your treatment options.
Sometimes gum pain can be more serious than just bleeding while brushing; an infected tooth, carrying infection or abscess can manifest as a dull aching pain on the gum. Make an appointment as soon as possible to get it checked.
How can you prevent this?
Gum disease, unlike tooth decay cannot be reversed, but your routine dental check-up and clean will help you to maintain your teeth. A wise decision will not let the infection progress which could lead to reduction of bone mass around your tooth.
Is Gum disease age related?
Gum disease can start as early as childhood. Gum disease occurs in bouts during periods of stress, improper oral hygiene, missing routine dental check-ups. It can be hereditary and even caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy.