Self diagnosis of gum disease can be very difficult. Like high blood pressure or diabetes the presence of symptoms may tell us we have the disease but the absence of symptoms does not mean we are free of the disease.
The gums may appear slightly swollen, be reddish rather than pink, and will bleed easily. Frequently, just brushing the teeth or eating something rough like apples or French bread will cause the gums to bleed.
The gums will become like scar tissue. There may be little or no bleeding while brushing and the color of the gums may return to a pinkish color with a bluish cast. A dentist may even miss diagnosis if he does not examine specifically for the disease using a periodontal instrument.
The person may notice an odor to his/her breath even after brushing and frequently have a bad taste in their mouth. The gums will become more bluish and recede down the roots of the teeth. The teeth will become loose and spaces may even appear between the teeth as they drift from lack of support. If the person pushed on his gums, pus and blood may be seen at the gum line.
If you have any of the above signs or symptoms, contact Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman as soon as possible. Remember, the earlier you treat gum disease, the easier it is to control.