There are other symptoms that may indicate that you are in the early stages of gum disease: a sour taste in your mouth, ill-fitting dentures, and pain while chewing are just a few signs that a trip to the dentist may be in order.
Ignoring this chronic condition can lead to big trouble for your health. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontal disease – a condition that can lead to receding gums, as well as deteriorating connective tissue and jaw bones.
Gingivitis occurs when there is a buildup of plaque on your teeth. Because plaque can form within 24 hours of brushing, regular oral hygiene is paramount to preventing this condition. When you don’t remove all of the plaque from your teeth with good oral hygiene, tartar can form after a few days. Unlike plaque, tartar is not easily brushed away. You’ll need a trip to the dentist to remove it.
There are several conditions that can also create an environment for gum disease to thrive. Here are just a few: