1. Gum tissue is red, puffy in lieu of being "knife-edged" between the teeth. Gum tissue should be a healthy, salmon-colored (depending on your demographic)
2. Teeth appear to be "long"
3. Bleeding or soreness when you brush or floss
4. Bleeding or soreness when your gums are being checked during a cleaning
5. Blood on your pillow in the morning without any cuts/lacerations in your mouth or lips
6. Loose teeth
7. Malodor or bad breath.
8. Deposits (yellow or sometimes black) on the necks of your teeth that look foreign
Hope this helps. Good luck!
there is a limit to what we can remove with toothbrushing and flossing. What happens is that the soft bacterial plaque that forms every day, starts to calcify and turn into tartar which is not removable at home. It must be done by the hygienist under the auspices of the dentist, usually 2-4 times a year, depending on the patient's condition.
It is possible to keep your teeth for your entire life if you combine good professional care on a regular basis with good home care (frequent brushing and daily, effective flossing). Without professional care, even good home care isn't enough to ward off problems over the long haul.
Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA
When rinsing after brushing, you should see no blood in your sink.
I hope that my answer is beneficial to you.
Thank you for your inquiry. The earliest signs of gum disease are bleeding of the gums during brushing or flossing. If this is happening it is important to come for an oral exam and dental cleaning to make sure it is taken care of during this phase and does not progress into the bone.
Please contact the office at any time if you would like to book an appointment with us, we would be happy to help you.
Nina CDA II
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that adhere to the teeth and grow out of control and the body's immune system can't effectively get rid of it. Signs and symptoms to look for are reddened and swollen gums, gums that bleed easily, build up on the teeth that cannot be wiped or brushed away, and foul odor of the breath. Loose teeth is another sign. The diagnosis of any form of gum disease has to be made by a licensed dental professional, so regular check ups and cleanings are paramount in helping to determine and treat gum disease if it manifests. The earlier you catch it, the better.
Michael I. Farr, DMD, FICOI