Seeing blood when you brush is NOT normal! It is a sign of periodontal (gum) disease, and the leading cause of tooth loss in the country.
Like many diseases that form in our bodies, gum disease begins silently and without obvious symptoms. When symptoms do emerge, it often means that the disease is well underway. Some symptoms may not appear until at an advanced stage. However, any warning signs of gum disease should prompt you to seek immediate treatment. Signs of periodontal disease include:
Red, swollen or tender gums
Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or when chewing rigorously
Sores in your mouth
Persistent bad breath
Receded gums that reveal darker areas of teeth or that cause teeth to look longer
Loose or separating teeth
Pus between your gums and teeth
A change in your bite when teeth are together
A change in how partial dentures fit
The web site of the American Academy of Periodontology offers a risk assessment test to gauge your at-risk level for having or developing gum disease. Visit: www.perio.org to take the test or call our office toll free 1-855-9-Smiles for a consultation and exam.
Remember, periodontal disease will only worsen without treatment. Act now to avoid further damage to your smile.