Have you seen a bit of blood in your sink when you brush your teeth lately?
That bleeding can be one of the first warning signs that you’ve got gum disease.
The mild variety is called gingivitis. When you have that, only your gums are infected.
If you don’t treat it, the infection can travel below your gum line and into your bone.
Then it becomes a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis.
Both gingivitis and periodontitis have been shown to raise your risk of things like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, pneumonia, and cancer.
Early detection is your best bet.
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Symptoms You can find and treat the problem before it gets serious if you know what to look for.
Red, swollen gums: That’s one of the first signs your gums need attention. “Gum diseases typically start with inflammation along the gum line,” says Erik Sahl, DDS, assistant professor of periodontics at Loma Linda University.
They may also feel tender or painful and bleed easily when you floss or brush.