Your gums’ appearance can be a red flag to some potential problems for your health. Surprisingly enough, these red flags may be a tip-off to problems outside of the mouth as well as some that may be within. Healthy gums that are not trying to send you signals are typically a light to medium pink (though they may be healthy and darker depending on your skin tone), look and feel firm, lie snugly against your teeth, do not bleed when you brush or floss, and are not overly sensitive to cold or hot foods.
Red Sore Gums
Even though you brush and floss daily, you may still have gums that are red, swollen or bleed easily. This could be a sign of gum disease, but it can also be an early sign of diabetes.
Puffy Swollen Gums
Certain medications can often have a side effect of swollen puffy gums. A visit with your periodontist to review a list of the medicines you take could help rule them out of the possible causes.
When your body isn’t producing enough red blood cells, you could be looking at anemia which can cause your gums to very pale and almost white. Being deficient in certain nutrients can cause this problem. You may also notice other symptoms like weakness, dizziness and fatigue, which all are worth talking about with your doctor.
Spots or Sores
During a regular dental check-up, your dentist is on the lookout for any white or red lesions around and inside your mouth that might be signs of oral cancer. Some spots and sores can be completely harmless, but it is important to talk to your dentist or periodontist as soon as you notice any suspicious changes.
Pulling Away From Your Teeth
You may notice your gums have formed pockets or are farther away from your teeth than they used to be. Gaps between your gums and your teeth allow for infection, and can possibly cause your teeth to loosen.
Do your gums look and feel healthy?
If your gums are looking abnormal, it is time to have Dr. Everett take a look. To schedule a consultation at High Plains Periodontics, email email@example.com or call 806-686-1262. Dr. Everett’s office serves the residents of Lubbock, TX, and surrounding West Texas communities.