This is a great question asked by many of our patients!

Unfortunately, there is not always a simple answer, but here is some info to help recognise some symptoms of gum disease.

Here is a simple checklist:

  • Are your gums red, tender or swollen?
  • Has there been a change in how you bite?
  • Is your gum line uneven when you smile?
  • Is pus visible when you press on your gums?
  • Is your mouth often dry or burning?
  • Do your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth?
  • Do you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth?
  • Can you wiggle one or more of your teeth with your tongue or fingers?
  • Do your teeth appear to be getting longer?
  • Are there spaces between your teeth where there were none before?
  • Has there been a change in how your partial denture fits?
  • Are the roots of your teeth exposed and sensitive to hot or cold?

If you have experiences one or more of these symptoms; have you discussed this with your dentist?


Download and print this simple checklist for yourself or someone you know.






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