5 Early Signs of Gum Disease

Posted on: November 16, 2018

A study by the Center of disease control (CDC) revealed the grim facts that half of American adults suffer from gum disease. These statistics are quite unsettling even for those who strive to maintain great oral hygiene. Gum disease creeps in, in stages, with early signs of gum disease being completely reversible and later signs posing a serious threat to one's oral hygiene.

Signs of gum disease

Getting into the habit of visiting the dentist regularly will help in monitoring the health of your gums, and your entire mouth as well. So, what are the early signs that one should look for in order to avoid being on the wrong half of the statistics?

1. Discolored or swollen gums

Gum disease first begins to manifest, with inflammation of the gums. Gum inflammation is given away when the gums become puffy or red, as well as feeling tender. This inflammation is as a result of harmful bacteria that settles and piles up around the teeth. Regular brushing and flossing can help clear up the bacteria pile up. When such bacteria is left to fester, it could escalate to full periodontitis, which is agonizing and challenging to treat.

2. Bloody gums

If one notices gum in their spit after brushing their teeth, there is a cause for concern. Not to worry though, take action and all will be alright. Regular flossing, brushing, and visits to the dentist can help clear this up and have the gums just as healthy again.

3. Loose teeth

Having loose teeth is not only annoying but can also be a sign of a serious problem. Loose teeth can annoyingly get in the way of enjoying a favorite meal, so it is important to have any loose teeth (that are not children's teeth) looked at. If any teeth easily move when pressed by the tongue, it means that the disease is progressing and needs to be checked very quickly.

4. Receding gums

Receding gums are quite like a receding hairline, there are spaces in spots that were once occupied. Stand in front of a mirror today and crack a wide smile. If you notice clear triangular spaces between the teeth, then it is a tale-tell sign that the gums are beginning to recede, and corrective action needs to be taken immediately.

5. Built up plaque

Plaque stubbornly builds up in the teeth with time. Regular tooth brushing and flossing can help remove the buildup of plaque over time. Do not neglect the regular visits to the dentist as well because the dentist will provide much more specialized cleanups and give advice where necessary. Heavy buildup of plaque can cause gum disease and should thus be taken seriously.


Gum diseases can be scary and knowing what signs to look for is important. Visiting the dentist regularly and following a good oral hygiene routine will ensure that gum diseases are caught early on. 

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