Gingivitis takes hold in your mouth and on your gums slowly, it happens gradually and for that reason people often assume that the condition has appeared virtually overnight. This is not true however, so if you check your mouth carefully for signs of the condition and know what to look out for, then you can spot it and treat it quickly. A quick and effective treatment means that you can be free of gingivitis quickly and hopefully not have to suffer the condition ever again. As you brush and floss each day, you should check your mouth for signs of the condition and visit a dentist as soon as you notice any of the symptoms. Here is what to look out for –
Redness and Swelling
One of the prime indicators that you have developed gingivitis is redness around the teeth on the gums. The gums will appear a darker pink around where they meet the teeth. If the condition is allowed to worsen, then the redness will spread to a larger area of the gums. Once you have quite a lot of redness, then you will also start to see some swelling around where the gums meet the teeth. You may notice this swelling particularly after eating or experience some discomfort after brushing.
Another classic symptom of the condition is bleeding gums. Most commonly this will be experienced when brushing or flossing, but can also occur when you eat some foods. Some people have more sensitive gums and they may bleed more readily than others. Some people don’t actually experience this symptom, but still have the condition. At the first sign of bleeding gums, you should make an appointment to visit the dentist for a diagnosis to be made.
Pain When Eating
When the condition has worsened and moved into the more advanced stages you may experience some pain when you chew your food. If you have allowed your gingivitis to get to the stage of experiencing pain when eating, then you are at risk of experiencing serious effects from the condition such as loosening of teeth and even potential tooth loss.
Sore and Loose Teeth
If you notice sore or loose teeth, then you need to get to the dentist immediately as this means that the condition is quite advanced and the gum strength has become so compromised that you are in danger of losing your teeth. By this stage your gums are likely to be quite sore and uncomfortable.
Pain After Brushing
Brushing your teeth should not be an uncomfortable experience, so if you notice pain after brushing, then you need to visit the dentist for a thorough check up. This by itself does not necessarily mean that you have gingivitis. It could be that you have sensitive teeth or you are brushing too hard. However, having the check up will rule out other conditions.
Bad breath is another classic sign that you have gingivitis. People with this condition tend to have bad breath even after they have just brushed their teeth. This is because the gums are decaying – flossing, brushing and rinsing with a mouth wash can combat this problem and help to treat the problem.