Many teens and young adults think gum disease is something their parents and grandparents can get. Sadly, that is not the case and gum disease can affect teens and young adults. There are no age limits as to who has the potential to get gum disease. This disease can affect hundreds, even thousands of people of all ages, including teens and young adults.
There are several signs to indicate you might have gum disease, as well as ways you can help prevent it from developing.
1. When you brush your teeth do they bleed regularly? This is one of the easiest signs to spot that you may have gum disease. If your gums bleed regularly, you should see your dentist. Your dentist can help determine if you have gum disease and need further treatment. However, you could simply be using the wrong type of toothbrush or even just brushing too hard. Your dentist will provide more information and education, if this is the case.
2. Does the colour of your gums look irregular? Your gums should appear pinkish in colour and be firm when touched. Your gums should not look more reddish in colour. In addition, the gums should not be swollen, sore, or painful when touched. If you experience any of these symptoms, it could indicate gum disease.
3. Do your gums look like they are pulling away from your teeth? Your gums should be right up against your teeth with no spaces or gaps in between the gum line and teeth. If you notice gaps where more of the tooth surface is exposed than should be or are experiencing sensitivity in the tooth or gums, see you dentist right away to ensure you receive the proper treatment.
4. Bad morning breath seems like it never goes away, even though you brush your teeth. Having continuous bad breath is a sign that your gums are infected and need treatment soon. Even in cases where the bad breath subsides for short periods, but quickly returns indicates a potential dental problems. This could potentially be a major sign you have gum disease or some other dental problem. Additionally, chronic bad breath can have negative impacts on your life, like making it difficult to get through job interviews or finding someone to date.
5. Do you have loose teeth that are not baby teeth? By the time you are in your late teens to early twenties, you should no longer have any baby teeth left. If you notice you have teeth that feel loose, wiggle, or move, it means the gum is infected and the infection has spread into the tooth root. If left untreated, the infection will continue to spread and your teeth will eventually fall out.
If you notice any of the above symptoms and signs, you may have gum disease. It is highly recommended to contact Dentistry in Waterloo. Contact our Waterloo dental clinic today by calling 519-885-5880 for more information about gum disease and to schedule a consultation appointment.