Let’s face it, we all are put in situations where we can’t understand how or why something is happening. For example, you’ve been taking proper care of your teeth, but yet just can’t realize why your gums are continually bleeding after each time you brush. Or why you have lingering bad breath and you’ve just brushed your teeth and tongue. Chances are you have gum disease.

Gum disease is a painless condition that your gums and surrounding tissues of your teeth go through once the gums have been irritated, infected by bacteria from plaque left on the teeth and left untreated. The number one question now is “If gum disease is painless, how would I know if I have it?”

Although gum disease is painless, there are a few symptoms that occur in the stages of gum disease. Here are the top 4:

  1. Bleeding gums during and after brushing your teeth: If you experience any bleeding of the gums while brushing your teeth it may be because of the your brushing style or the actual brush your using. It is recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and go in gentle, circular motions to brush your teeth.
  2. Swollen gums: Swollen gums can happen for many different reasons including incorrect brushing and flossing. A much more serious cause is gum disease.  If your gums become painlessly inflamed it is safe to say it’s a symptom of gum disease. You should see your dentist immediately if this symptom occurs because it can be treated and prevented for later occurrences.
  3. Lingering bad breath: Halitosis, or bad breath, is another symptom of gum disease. Bad breath can form from a variety of reasons ranging from the foods that you eat, to the medicines you take. If your bad breath remains persistent you should see a dentist immediately.
  4. Receding gums: When your gums recede they form gaps between your teeth and your gums, which makes it easier for bacteria to build up and damage your gums. If you notice this problem with your gums you should see your dentist immediately so that your gums can be treated to prevent other damage and your gum tissue will continue to be health.

If you notice any of these symptoms it is recommended that you make a visit to your dentist and get examined to make sure that you aren’t developing any dental illnesses and so that you can be treated for any present dental issues.