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Gum Disease Symptoms

Gingivitis and Bleeding Gums

The early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is often completely painless. You may not notice the signs and symptoms right away. Bleeding gums, while brushing your teeth or flossing, should not be normal for you. If you notice either of these, they are both clear gingivitis symptoms. Other symptoms include:

  • Swollen gums that are puffy in appearance
  • Gums that are red instead of pink
  • Tenderness (even occasionally)
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • A receding gum line


When detected and treated early on, gingivitis can be reversed with the care of Smile Concepts. If bleeding gums are left untreated or become infected, the condition can lead to periodontal disease that is typically more difficult to reverse, and can also lead to bone or tooth loss.

Calling All Sydney!

A relationship with a Smile Concepts dentist is the best way to ensure your mouth is healthy. Regular dental exams help us to help you take care of your oral health. At home, you do your part by brushing and flossing twice a day. Let us do our part by helping you clean the areas a tooth brush simply can't reach. Together, we can stop problems before they arise. If it has been a while since your last cleaning, don't be shy. We are here to take care of you and get you back on track. Call us on 9267 7777 to schedule an examination, and see for yourself what we can do for you.

Gum Infection and Gingivitis Causes:

One of the best ways to avoid gum issues are to be vigilant about brushing, flossing, and making regular dental visits. However, it is also a good idea to avoid habits while being aware of other factors that can complicate oral health issues. Are you or do you….

  • Smoke?
  • Pregnant?
  • Come from a family that has a known genetic predisposition to bleeding gums or other gingivitis disease symptoms?
  • Suffer from chronic stress?
  • Have unhealthy eating habits?
  • Grind your teeth?
  • Have diabetes?
  • Sleep with your mouth open at night?
  • Take medication that your doctor has told you that might cause dental problems?
  • Have bulimia?
  • Suffer from acid reflux?


All of these can cause problems with your teeth and gums. Some of them are habits that you can break but others are simply environmental factors that increase your chances of having gum disease symptoms. Understand that while many people do suffer from gum problems, some people are more susceptible than others. By being an informed patient, understanding your risks, and taking charge of your oral health, you can prevent and cure periodontal problems with ease. Gingivitis is the first step in a long line of oral health problems that will only get worse if neglected. Take the time now to find out which of your habits may increase the chances of you developing gum disease, and be proactive in seeking gingivitis treatment from the onset of symptoms.