Top signs of gum disease to keep an eye out for

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Most people assume that when it comes to losing teeth as an adult, the most common way this happens is with extractions due to tooth decay.

While this seems logical, it is not accurate and globally, the most common reason why an

an adult will lose their teeth due to gum disease.

Gum disease is on a spectrum, from being very mild in the case of gingivitis, to very extreme where your teeth can fall out, your jaw bone can recede and your gums will also shrink. So, as you can imagine, it is best to get this issue spotted and treated as soon as possible to prevent future complications.

But what are some of the most common signs of gum disease that you can spot at home before booking a check-up with your dentist Ryde? Read on to find out.

Bleeding gums

It can be hard to distinguish between gums that bleed from over-vigorous brushing and gums that are bleeding as a sign of gum disease. But if you notice that your gums are bleeding throughout the day when you are eating food or talking, this can be a sign that you have periodontal disease.

tooth ache

When it is at this stage, most dental teams will offer you a scale and polish to remove the plaque that is causing the bleeding and to reduce any swelling.


Having sore gums can be another sign of gum disease or over-vigorous brushing. But once again, if you switch your brushing method and use a soft-bristled toothbrush and still notice that there is soreness when you eat food or talk, then this can indicate gum disease. Be sure to look at the colour of your gums. Do they appear pink or do they have a red tint to them? If it is the latter, then you need to book a consultation with your dental team to assess you for gum disease.

Bad breath

Bad breath is a common complaint amongst many people in modern life, due in part to dehydration and strongly smelling foods. However, if you notice that you have persistent bad breath that no amount of mouthwash or breath mints can alleviate, this is known as halitosis and can once again be a sign that there is an underlying issue with your gums due to the number of bacteria you have in your mouth. So to be sure, you should contact your dental team.

Loose teeth

Loose teeth are one of the later stages of gum disease and, much like everything else on this list, they are not a sole indicator of this issue, especially if you have recently had a trauma to your mouth. But if you notice that your teeth appear to be moving, then this needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. If you do have gum disease, your dental team will aim to give you a scale and polish to remove the plaque and will then splint the wobbly tooth to the nearest secure one, holding it in place.

Recurring abscesses

Nobody likes to hear the word abscess, especially when it is related to teeth! However, if you have noticed recurring abscesses or ulcers on your gums, then this can also indicate that there is an excess of plaque in that area and this has led to gum disease.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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