Gum disease can occasionally lead to more serious conditions. Having regular dental examinations twice a year will be helpful in preventing it or reducing symptoms of gum disease.

You may be experiencing gum disease if your gums are reddish, rather than the healthy pink color like the inside of your lips. You may experience pain while chewing or have teeth that are sensitive or painful while eating. Receding gums may be a sign of gum disease. This is when the gums shrink back from the teeth giving the impression that the teeth appear longer. Gums that bleed easily when brushing or eating can be a sign of unhealthy gums. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of gum disease.

Your dentist will inquire about any medical problems you have. Some medical problems can cause or worsen the health of your gums and so can habits such as smoking.