An unpleasant odor that cannot be removed even after brushing may be a sign of gum disease.
Pain or discomfort when chewing, eating, or talking
Weakened teeth from tartar make it difficult for day-to-day activities like eating or speaking.
Untreated gingivitis causes loose teeth because of bacteria contained in plaque and tartar. The built-up bacteria weaken the gums, eventually letting teeth detach and loosen from their sockets.
The following are factors that progress the damage and risk of gum disease:
Age. People, mostly adults, have a higher number in gingivitis cases because of dry mouth and continued accumulation of plaque due to low dental care.
Poor oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing done irregularly does not effectively remove plaque, letting bacteria grow in your mouth.
Smoking. Tobacco products affect the strength of the soft tissue in your mouth, disturbing the cell’s functions.
Hormonal changes. Female hormones, especially in pregnant women, cause increased blood flow to gums, making them more sensitive and prone to irritation and swelling.
Taking medication that lessens saliva flow. Saliva is what keeps our mouth hygienic, so taking medication that lessens the saliva in your mouth will contribute to gum disease development.