Bleeding gums and other symptoms of periodontitis

Regular visits to the dentist are essential in order to pick up periodontitis in its early stages. Because the symptoms are often so innocuous that many patients do not see them as threatening. Even red gums are a cause for concern.

Reddened gums

The patient him-/herself often doesn’t notice periodontitis until relatively late. This is due to the fact that it is largely painless and has an insidious progression, which means that affected people do not become aware of it until it is in an advanced stage. However, there are some warning signs you can look out for. The first sign of periodontal disease that most patients notice is regular bleeding gums, e.g. while brushing teeth. By this point, the destruction of the periodontal apparatus has already started, however. It is therefore important to watch out for the body’s warning signals in order to prevent disease progression early enough.

Symptoms that indicate periodontitis:

  • reddened, swollen and sensitive gums
  • gum bleeding
  • receding gums
  • “black triangles” between neighboring teeth that get larger
  • bad breath
  • widening gaps between the teeth
  • teeth becoming loose
  • loss of teeth

Have you noticed one or more of these signs yourself? Then you’d better not wait too long, but talk to your dentist. Because the earlier periodontitis is picked up, the better the prospects are of treatment being successful.