Gum Disease Signs
Plaque is the main cause of gum disease, but diabetes can also be a culprit because it may weaken your mouth's germ-fighting powers. High blood glucose levels can make gum disease worse, and at the same time, gum disease can make diabetes harder to control.
Often gum disease is painless. You may not even know you have it until you have some serious damage. Regular dentist visits are your best weapon.
While gum disease may not hurt, there are warning signs to watch for.
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss. This bleeding is not normal. Even if your gums don't hurt, get them checked.
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from teeth. Part of the tooth's root may show, or your teeth may look longer.
- Pus between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums)
- Bad breath
- Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other
- Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite
- Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges
If you have any of the above, see your dentist.
Remember: One of the best ways to fight plaque and help take control of your oral health is to brush twice daily with Colgate Total® toothpaste.