There are a few key warning signs to look out for. The first is bleeding gums following brushing, flossing or eating. Bleeding gums are not healthy – they are a natural alarm bell signifying disease. Gum disease may also change the appearance of the gums. In health, the gums are usually a light pink colour. Red, swollen or receded gums are all signs of gum disease.
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may also signify gum disease. With more advanced cases, the teeth may start to loosen up and change position.
The good news is that with treatment, all of the above can be addressed. The key is to catch and treat gum disease early!