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Bleeding gums, bad breath, swollen gums +3 signs of gum disease you should watch out for

Have your teeth become loose or do you see blood on your toothbrush? You could be suffering from gum disease.

Written by Editorial Team | Updated : May 5, 2016 3:39 PM IST

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Signs Of Gum Disease

Gum disease is pretty common and its main cause is the bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria along with the mucus forms plaque, which if not cleaned regularly and properly, turns hard and forms tartar. Tartar gets accumulated at the base of the teeth and is difficult to remove. Tartar built-up leads to different types of gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Kamlesh Desai, a renowned senior aesthetics dentist in the country, lists down some warning signs to watch out for

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Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums-- The first tell-tale sign of gum disease is bleeding while brushing your teeth. If you spot blood during and after brushing your teeth or while eating food, be cautious. Unexplained bleeding of the gums is most certainly the sign of gum disease and should not be ignored as it could be the first sign of a more serious underlying condition.  Also Read - Turkey Earthquake Kills Over 7,000, Bodies Pile Up On Streets: How Do Natural Disasters Affect Mental Health of The Survivors?

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Swollen Gums

Red and swollen gums: Periodontal infection causes gums to swell and become tender. These sore and swollen gums can be extremely painful and cause great discomfort. Red, swollen and puffy-looking gums are a dead give away of gum disease.

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Bad Breath

Bad breath: Generally, people who have this hugely embarrassing condition avoid particular foodstuffs, thinking they can do away with bad breath. But, the solution is not as simple and the cause is often deep rooted. Presence of plaque, bacteria and decomposing food particles in the mouth result in gum diseases that are responsible for Halitosis, also known as bad breath. Also Read - Earthquakes: Possible Injuries And Prevention

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Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth: The first thought that comes to mind when teeth start getting sensitive is that tooth decay could be the cause and you start avoiding foods that aggravate this sensitivity. Chances are that the sensitivity has been caused due to the onset of gum disease and not tooth decay and needs more care than just avoiding certain foods and beverages.

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Loose Teeth

Loose teeth: Destruction of the bone and gum tissue due to periodontal disease results in loose and shifting teeth. As the tissue deteriorates, there is a high chance of teeth becoming more loosely attached. And, there are big gaps between the teeth due to the shifting.  Also Read - Things You Must Not Say To Expecting Moms

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Receding Gums

Receding gum line and appearance of slightly elongated teeth: A strong indicator of periodontal disease is recession of the gums where the margin of the gum tissue pulls back, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. This is due to the bacterial gum infection that destroys the gum tissue. Additionally, recession of the gums can make your teeth appear to be ‘longer.’ If you notice that your teeth look longer all of a sudden, it could be a muted sign of the underlying gum disease.