Do You Have Gingivitis? 3 Unusual Symptoms

October 27th, 2016

Gingivitis.

You know it’s bad, and it has something to do with your teeth. But that’s about it.

Here’s the surprising part. According to WebMD, you may have this condition—without knowing it.

Medical News Today explains that gingivitis means your gums are inflamed from plaque you haven’t removed from your teeth.

The dangerous thing about gingivitis is that it can lead to periodontal disease. If you’re serious about maintaining a healthy smile, you need to know how to spot this condition.

Gingivitis causes gum tenderness and bleeding, which are well-known symptoms. But there are other warning signs of gingivitis you may not know about. Here are 3 unusual symptoms of gingivitis.

Loose Teeth

You may attribute your loose teeth with that sub you’ve been eating. But your shaky bite may actually signal that your gums are inflamed. According to Healthline, gingivitis can cause loose teeth.

Here are some questions to see if you’re exhibiting this odd symptom of gingivitis:

  • Have you noticed that your teeth wiggle when you floss?
  • Is your bite loose when you munch on something hard, such as an apple?
  • Do your teeth shift when you brush them?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, it’s time for a trip to the dentist.

Malocclusion

Malocclusion is just a fancy word for saying your teeth don’t fit together properly. If you’ve had malocclusion (and healthy gums) for years, it’s nothing to be worried about.

However, according to Healthline, if you notice your bite has changed, this can be a symptom of gingivitis.

While your teeth can shift from other causes, you don’t want to misdiagnose one of the unusual symptoms of gingivitis.

Shiny Gums

Don’t mistake shiny gums for a sign of health. According to MedlinePlus, it’s something to pay attention to because it might indicate gingivitis.

Unlike the other two symptoms, this warning sign may be harder to notice.

Unless you regularly examine your gums, you may not even know how they look.

Take a moment to inspect them in the mirror. If you notice that your gums are gleaming, you could have this condition.

While gingivitis has a number of potential triggers, you may increase your risk from an unlikely source…

You can develop gingivitis once you begin wearing metal braces. Oral-B notes that brace wearers are at risk for this condition because braces make oral hygiene difficult.

The good news is that you can straighten your teeth without raising the likelihood of gingivitis.

With Invisalign, you can achieve a beautiful smile and still care for your teeth. To give your teeth the full cleaning they need, simply remove the clear aligners. You’ll brush and floss with ease.

If you’re ready for a straight smile and easy hygiene, find your nearest MiSmile Invisalign provider, and begin your Invisalign journey.

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