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10 Silent Signs Of Gum Disease You Must Never Ignore!

By Chandana Rao

Most of us would have heard of the popular saying, "A beautiful smile is the best accessory a person can wear", right?

Well, it is indeed very true because a great smile can turn heads and spread warmth and cheer everywhere!

It is very important to maintain exceptional oral hygiene and also be able to recognise certain teeth and gum diseases when they occur.

If cavities or other gum abnormalities are left untreated for long periods of time, they can turn into bigger problems and cause unwanted health complications!

Now, we know that cavities and gum diseases can occur when we do not brush our teeth and floss our teeth enough number of times in a day.

Also, if we consume a diet rich in sugars, artificial preservatives and food dyes on a regular basis, we are more at the risk of developing teeth and gum diseases.

The human gums are the two areas of pink flesh inside our mouth, which cover the upper portion of our teeth and also provide support to our teeth.
There are mainly two types of common gum diseases - periodontitis and gingivitis.

While gingivitis is the inflammation of gums, periodontitis is the infection of gums.
Both these conditions are usually caused by poor oral hygiene and heredity.

Ignoring gum diseases can result in cavities, falling of teeth, ulcers and even heart diseases!
So, here are a few silent signs of gum diseases, which you must never ignore!


Symptom #1

When people are suffering from gum diseases, be it gingivitis or periodontitis, they can experience chronic inflammation of gums, wherein the gums become swollen and painful, as the pus formed due to the infection in the gums can prevent the healthy flow of blood in that area.

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Symptom #2

Both gingivitis and periodontitis can cause another symptom, which is redness of the gums. Many a times, this redness is not accompanied by pain, initially. So, people tend to ignore it and not get it treated until the infection and inflammation increase!


Symptom #3

If your gums feel spongy or extremely soft and puffy, it could also be another silent symptom of gum diseases of both types. This happens as the inflammation draws water into the gum tissues and makes them oedematous.


Symptom #4

It is normal for our gums to bleed very little while flossing or brushing, at times. However, if you notice that your gums bleed every time you brush, or sometime, even without touching them, it could be another silent symptom of periodontitis or gingivitis.

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Symptom #5

If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, which is chronic, even after brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue, or using a mouth wash, then it could be an indication of gum diseases. When the bacteria, which cause the infection, mix with the food particles accumulated in your gums and teeth, it could cause bad breath!


Symptom #6

When you apply pressure on your gums, which are already swollen, if you notice a white, watery secretion coming out, with or without blood, it could also be the result of periodontitis or gingivitis. The secretion is the pus created by the gum diseases.


Symptom #7

If you are suddenly experiencing a bad taste in your mouth, like you have eaten foul/stale food and if everything you eat tastes bad, then you must get checked for gum diseases, as the pus secretions can get mixed with the saliva in the mouth and create a bad taste.


Symptom #8

If you have noticed that your teeth suddenly appear bigger or longer than they were, it could be caused by receding gums. Gingivitis and periodontitis can cause the gums to waste away and recede, thus reducing their size and making your teeth appear larger!


Symptom #9

Loose teeth or shaky teeth can also be a sure-fire sign of gum diseases, which most people ignore. If you are experiencing premature loose teeth, that is, before that age of 50, then you must get checked for gum diseases.


Symptom #10

If you have suddenly started to experience pain while chewing food, even soft food, although you do not have cavities, then it could be another silent sign of periodontitis or gingivitis, as the inflammation of the gums can cause pain while chewing food.

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Story first published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 13:00 [IST]