There are a number of symptoms that could indicate gum disease. Included in these are:

  • Gums that are red or swollen
  • Teeth that are loose or sensitive
  • Bad breath that you cannot get rid of
  • Gums that are tender or bleeding
  • Teeth may look longer because the gum line is receding
  • Chewing is painful

Having any of these symptoms can be serious and a dentist should be seen as soon as any of these symptoms are noticed. During your dental exam, there are a few things the dentist will do, including:

  • Examining your gums in order to determine whether or not they are inflamed
  • Check the pockets in your mouth to ensure they are healthy. The pockets are checked with a tiny ruler. When the pockets are healthy, they will be between one and three millimeters.
  • Check into your medical history looking for anything that could be a risk factor for gum disease, such as smoking.
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