It can be an unsettling feeling when you've had a recent dental appointment and your dentist or dental hygienist has indicated that you're in the early stages of gum disease. You might not have been aware of this information, and may feel concerned — especially if you have searched this condition online and read about all of the complications that can result from it. The good news is that early gum disease is often reversible. Regular dental cleanings will go a long way toward helping, but you'll need to also do a better job of brushing, flossing, and even changing your diet. Here are some positive signs that you're making progress.
Your Gums Are No Longer Bleeding
One of the easiest ways to tell that you might be flirting with early gum disease is that blood present when you brush or floss your teeth. It can be stressful to spit after brushing and flossing, as you'll know that the presence of blood isn't a good thing. As you continue to care for your teeth after your most recent dentist appointment, you may still see blood — but it's a good sign when the blood goes away. Being able to fully floss your teeth without causing your gums to bleed is an indicator of gum health.
Your Mouth Smells And Tastes Better
Gum disease isn't something that only affects you. Because it can sour your breath, it can often be evident to other people in your life. When you kiss your spouse, he or she may sometimes complain about your breath. You may notice colleagues turning their heads when you speak to them up close — a sure sign that your breath doesn't smell fresh. You may even be aware of a foul taste in your mouth. When you're winning the battle against early gum disease, it will often be apparent that your breath smells and tastes better.
Your Gums Look Better
Advanced gum disease is highly visible to anyone who looks at you smile, but even the early stages of gum disease can have some visual indicators. If you smile widely, you might be aware of your gums appearing inflamed slightly. They could appear swollen or red, for example. As you continue to take care of your oral hygiene, you'll often see a visual improvement in your gums — namely, they don't appear red and swollen any longer. That's certainly a reason to smile widely.
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