What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

In this video, Dr. Robert Harvey explains how to spot gum disease, including symptoms like bleeding gums, bad breath, and more.

If you’re wondering how to tell if you have gum disease, there are several common indicators to watch out for. Here’s what you might notice:

1. Bleeding Gums: One of the most noticeable signs of gum disease is bleeding during brushing or flossing. If you see blood when you brush your teeth, it’s not a normal occurrence. This bleeding is typically caused by the irritation of the gums from bacteria, which leads to inflammation and swelling. Like a sore on your skin, irritated gums will bleed when agitated.

2. Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can also be a sign of gum disease. This is due to the bacteria that cause gum inflammation, which can lead to a breakdown of gum tissue. As the tissue deteriorates, it can emit an unpleasant odor.

3. Sore Gums: If your gums are consistently sore, swollen, or tender, this can be another symptom of gum disease.

4. Receding Gums: Noticing that your gums are receding or pulling away from your teeth is a critical sign of advancing gum disease. This can eventually lead to teeth appearing longer and can severely impact the health of your teeth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to take action quickly. Early intervention is key to managing gum disease effectively and can help prevent further complications, including tooth loss. If friends or family comment on your breath, or if you notice any of the symptoms I mentioned, consider it a prompt to visit your dentist. At our practice, we can assess your oral health, determine the presence and extent of gum disease, and offer treatments to help restore your gum health.

Why Should You
Choose Us?


Dr. Robert Harvey & Dr. Rameek McNair

At Aspire Dental Group, our experience, unrivaled technology, and caring service provide a comforting experience to our patients that is hard to find in other dental offices. Dr. Robert Harvey and Dr. Rameek Mcnair combined have over 45 years of experience in dentistry. Our goal is to always deliver extraordinary care to every patient. We will go the extra mile for you 6 days a week!

Very few dental offices around the country have an in-house crown and bridge laboratory. This means that Aspire Dental Group has a full-time ceramist that allows us full control over the fit between our lab products and your existing teeth. You can count on not only a more streamlined and faster production schedule, but overall savings for our patients who utilize dental components built by the lab. Our highly skilled ceramist will craft custom dental restorations that are perfect for your teeth, ensuring you a smile that you will love.

Read The Aspire Dental Group Blog

Learn about the services we provide, and the latest advancements in general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry.

What Do Dentures Cost? Exploring the Options

Many people and businesses perform some sort of cost-benefit analysis when making important financial decisions. The question is essentially: What am I getting for this product, service, or procedure versus what am I paying, and [...]

Full Mouth Reconstruction Begins With Mini Implants

Have you ever worked on a project where, partway through, the process just isn’t working out, and the most sensible thing to do is start over? Believe it or not, that can happen with your [...]

Non-Surgical Dental Implants Are Faster, Less Painful Than Larger Implants

Dental or medical anxiety is one of the more common fears among adults. In a recent study, 19% of adults reported they felt high or very high dental anxiety. This is especially true when considering [...]

Ready To Love Your Smile Again?