For many people, gum disease doesn’t seem like a real and present danger to their smiles. They may recognize that it can pose a threat, but unless you’ve already developed gum disease, that threat can seem abstract and far away. However, the problem is that many people don’t realize when gingivitis has developed because they miss or ignore the early warning signs of it. Today, we take a look at how you can better recognize these signs and know when gingivitis has become a problem that you need to address.

Your gum tissues look different in certain areas

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it develops when oral bacteria infect your gum tissues. This infection doesn’t occur throughout all of your gum tissues at once, but in areas where bacteria have accumulated overwhelmingly. Therefore, you may notice signs of gingivitis in the form of the changing appearance of certain areas of your gum tissues. While this may not cause any pain or sensitivity at first, the changes in your gums’ appearance can be noticeable if you pay attention to them when you brush and floss each day.

Your gums start bleeding when you brush and floss

In addition to the difference in how your gums look, gingivitis also impacts the health and integrity of your gum tissues in increasingly more severe ways. This can lead to tissue damage that causes your gums to bleed, especially when you put pressure on them through brushing and flossing. You may notice spots of blood mixed with your saliva and toothpaste when you rinse your mouth, and these spots can grow larger the longer gingivitis is allowed to erode your gum tissues. This is also an early indication of the severe damage that gum disease can cause when it progresses further.

You notice your gums receding from your teeth

When it becomes severe enough, gum disease can often lead to the loss of one or more teeth, or the need to extract them. This is largely due to the damage it causes to your gum tissues and the jawbone structure that supports them and your teeth. Before this damage becomes that severe, you may notice your gums receding, or pulling away, from your teeth roots, making your teeth seem longer and your gum line uneven. This recession creates pockets where more bacteria can accumulate, and can exacerbate the damage to your oral and periodontal health.

Learn how to deal with your gingivitis problem

When gingivitis develops, it can become a more serious problem to your oral health the more it’s allowed to progress. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.