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Gum disease is one of the most serious dental problems there is. And it affects tens of millions of people in the U.S. each year. Here are some of the problems associated with gum disease, and three warning signs that you might need to visit Angleton Family Dental.

Risk Factors

Gum disease affects different people in different ways. In some cases, symptoms come on quickly. In others, symptoms are more gradual. If you don’t brush or floss your teeth frequently enough, then the chances are good you’ll eventually have to deal with this problem.

Watch Out for These Signals

Your mouth will probably give you some obvious signs that you have gum disease. Here are the three most common warning signs:

Your Gums Bleed

When you brush and floss, your gums shouldn’t bleed. Ever. One of the reasons gums bleed is bacteria. These harmful microbes can accumulate just below the gum line. As a result, bleeding can occur. The more bacteria that are present, the worse the bleeding will be. Your gums may also be red or sore.

Your Gums Recede

Take a good look at your mouth in the mirror. Does it look like your teeth are getting longer? This is a sign that your gums are receding because you have advanced gum disease. Some people think this is a normal part of the aging process. There’s even a phrase for it – “long in the tooth.”

But the gum recession is anything but normal, no matter how old you might be.

Sensitive Teeth

Do your teeth seem more sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks? That could be another warning sign of gum disease. If your gums are inflamed, you’re exposing the roots of your teeth. That makes your teeth not only more sensitive, but also more susceptible to decay.

Contact Angleton Family Dental

If you notice any of these signs, you need to get in touch with Angleton Family Dental as soon as possible. We have the experience and expertise it takes to get your gums back to full health. Give us a call at (979) 308-4450 or contact us online to set up an appointment.