There are several signs that indicate gum disease.

  1. Red, swollen or bleeding gums-Look closely in the mirror. If it looks red or swollen, its gum disease.
  2. If there is bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods, its gum disease. Bleeding always indicates gum disease.
  3. Loose or shifting teeth usually indicates that bone loss is occurring from gum disease.
  4. Bad breathe from the bacteria or pus beneath the gum.
  5. Receding gums-getting longer in the tooth.

Your dentist or periodontist can determine if you have gum disease by measuring the depth of the pockets around your teeth with an instrument called a periodontal probe. Measurements of 2-3mm are healthy, 4-5mm pockets indicate early to moderate disease, 6-8mm pockets indicate advanced disease and pockets 9mm or more indicate the tooth may not be savable.

It’s important to identify gum disease early before it becomes serious and treatment is difficult if not impossible. About 30 million people in the United States have lost their teeth mostly from periodontal disease and have dentures that cause poor chewing and premature aging.

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