Ok so I just literally noticed this because my gum felt kind of weird so I went to check it out. It's the gum in between one of my lower teeth. It's like not attached, as if it were peeling like a banana peel. It's also swollen and I can guarantee it was not like that his morning. I will admit that I do not brush my teeth every day; I'm usually pretty good with brush but I may skip a day or two per week (at night usually, I almost ALWAYS brush in the morning). I rarely floss.
I doesn't really hurt, there's just enough of a sensation for me to notice it. I am worried though because I just turned 20 and I want to be able to prevent any further damage. I would go to the dentist but my family just relocated out-of-state and we haven't quite settled yet.
Here's some pictures:
I started fiddling with the gum piece on the next tooth going towards the center and that one isn't completely attacched either. My gums of my two center bottom teeth have been uneven like that for as long as I can remember. I never got braces so that's why my teeth are crowded ._.
im having the same problem so I did a little googling and came across this information I hope its helpful to you as well!
The first stage is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is considered to be an infection
characterized by inflammation. The inflammation produces bleeding from your
gums, which is the most frequently occurring symptom. Your gums will bleed when
you are brushing or flossing your teeth and when you are eating. Generally there is
The second stage is called early gum disease or early periodontal disease.
At this stage of gum disease, the types of germs associated with infections that
destroy living tissue, are always found in the plaque on your teeth, and in your
gums. Because the infection is destructive, it breaks apart the connection of your
gums to your teeth. Your gums start to separate from your teeth, forming gum
pockets or spaces between your teeth and your gums. Your gums may still bleed
The third stage is called moderate gum disease. As the disease worsens and
your gums become further detached from your teeth, the pockets deepen, because
now the bone around your teeth is starting to be destroyed by the infection. Often,
this destructive process has very mild symptoms, causing most people to have few,
if any, immediate concerns. Sometimes your gums may start to recede, although
many times there is no recession. Bleeding from your gums may be less frequent
during this stage of gum disease.
The forth stage is called advanced gum disease. Eventually, your teeth may
become loose because a significant amount of bone supporting them is lost from
the gum infection. Your gum pockets may now be almost as deep as the length of
the root. You may notice some gum recession. Pain is usually still absent. Bleeding
from your gums is variable, because by now the infection is mostly at the bottom of
the gum pocket.
At this stage of gum infection, you may begin to wonder if you are going to lose any
of your teeth. You may now also realize that you have a bad taste in your mouth or
suspect that you have bad breath. The truth is that a degree of unpleasant breath
may have been present throughout all the previous stages, without your being
aware of it.
The last or fifth stage of gum disease is called acute gum disease. It occurs
when the chronic, largely painless infection involving any number of teeth in your
mouth, becomes an acute and painful gum abscess around one of those teeth. Pus
mixed with blood may sometimes be seen draining out at the gum line. Now your
gum disease gets your attention.
Depending on any dental treatment and the state of your immune system, your gum
infection may fluctuate back and forth between the chronic stage and the acute
stage. The painful symptoms of this stage of gum disease may motivate you to seek
immediate dental treatment. You may find yourself losing one or more teeth in spite
of receiving dental care. From the time that gingivitis, the first stage begins, until
the acute final stage rears its offensive symptoms, many years may elapse.
The purpose of this page is to answer questions about
the stages of gum disease and symptoms of periodontal
How do I know if I have other stages of gum disease?
The answer depends on whether you go to a dentist or not. If you dont see a dentist
regularly, then you may not know you have gum disease in any of its various stages.
notice that some of their teeth are becoming loose or changing position, with spaces
developing between them. Sometimes you may become aware of bad breath that isnt
helped with mints or a mouth rinse, or in some cases, there may be some visible gum
recession. Of course, it the infection becomes acute and painful, that will usually wake
you up to something being wrong.
On the other hand, if you are seeing your dentist, or if you now decide to go, expect your
dentist or their hygienist to regularly inspect your gums with a periodontal probe. Your
dentist or hygienist will inform you if your gums are already infected and you have gum
disease. If your dentist or hygienist finds one or more spaces between your
teeth and your gums that are deeper than the normal one to three millimeters,
and bleeding has occurred during probing, then your gums are infected beyond
the gingivitis stage. It also means that in these places your gums are not only infected
with germs, they have already become detached from your teeth. The separation of your
gums from your teeth creates a space called a gum pocket, which is filled with plaque,
germs and tartar. You may have more than one tooth where this has happened.
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As just stated, if you have infected gum pockets, the gum infection is no longer
at the gingivitis stage. Depending on the degree of separation of your gums from your
teeth, which is determined by the depth of the infected gum pockets, gum disease is
classified as either at the early, moderate or advanced stage. Infected gum pockets
always bleed when probed. As a general rule of thumb, infected pocket depths of four
to five millimeters indicate an early stage, and six to seven millimeters, a moderate stage.
Some dentists believe a seven millimeter pocket means advanced gum disease. Virtually
all dentists would consider infected pocket depths of eight millimeters or more as a
diagnostic sign of advanced gum disease.
If x-rays are taken, they will usually reveal some amount of bone destruction, with the loss
of jaw bone directly around the roots of your teeth with gum disease, especially if the gum
infection is at the moderate or advanced stage.
Ask your dentist or hygienist for their assessment of the degree of infection of your gums.
As you will read next, when your body is truly healthy, it is possible to have gum
pockets that are not infected and do not bleed when probed. Make sure that
your dentist or hygienist tells you whether or not your gums bleed when probed.
If my gum infection is beyond the gingivitis stage what can I do to heal my gums?
The most efficient way to heal your gums is with a combined approach of
appropriate dental treatment that doesnt include antibiotics, meticulous home
hygiene, and effective all natural supplementation. A holistic dentist is more likely to
offer treatment without using antibiotics. To find a holistic or biological dentist, go to the
website of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and
click on the Find a Doctor link on the home page.
What you can expect from this method is to have healthy teeth and gums with
infection free gum pockets that do not bleed and will remain that way as long as
your immune system is very strong and your mouth hygiene is reasonably
adequate. Daily supplementation with the all natural supplementation program
recommended on this website is critical and essential for boosting the strength
of your immune system and keeping your gums in a healthy state.
Why will I still have gum pockets if my gums are healed?
Unlike gingivitis, some of the symptoms of the other stages of gum disease
cannot be fully reversed by your bodys innate natural healing capability. Even if
the infection, and the separation of your gums from your teeth caused by the infection, is
stopped, it is highly unlikely that any gum line recession will improve, or that healing will
reduce the depth of your gum pockets by much more than one or two millimeters. This is
because the gum infection has destroyed much of the living bone and a layer of tissue
called cementum that normally surrounds the roots or your teeth. Without the
cementum and bone that were destroyed by the infection, reattachment of your
gums to your tooth at the original level is not possible. However, the healed
gum pockets will not bleed when probed. Neither will your gums bleed when
you brush and floss. The bone around your teeth will gain strength and teeth
that were loose, will frequently tighten up. As an added bonus, you wont have
Although the strength and health of your immune system is more important for healthy
gums than your oral hygiene, please clean your teeth and gums daily, as you have been
shown by your dental hygienist. Rinsing with an all natural mouth rinse that kills germs is
an extremely effective way of eliminating mouth odor. To obtain an all natural mouth rinse
that kills germs, ask your dentist or hygienist to order Tooth and Gum Tonic from the
Dental Herb Company or to arrange for it to be shipped directly to you.
Why should I be concerned if my gum disease has reached the advanced
You should be concerned when you start having symptoms of the advanced
stage of gum disease, because this means that you are at risk of losing teeth. At
the advanced stage of gum disease there are usually significant deposits of tarter or
calculus on your teeth and infected gum pockets that have become more than seven
millimeters deep. Sometimes the infected pockets may be almost as deep as the length of
the root of your tooth.
You may notice that some of your teeth are changing position, with spaces developing
between them. Wherever there has happened, some of the bone around the teeth has
been destroyed by the infection and adjacent bone is already starting to soften and
weaken. This causes your teeth to become loose and separate from each other. If
nothing is done to limit the infection, it is only a matter of time before the infection will
become irreversible, and you will lose teeth.
Why does the chronic stage of gum disease sometimes change to an acute and
The worst case scenario is when your immune system is so over burdened by
toxic stresses, including the toxins from germs, that the germs in your infected
gums can over whelm your immune system. Examples of toxic stresses are medical
conditions like diabetes and AIDS, or chemical insults like synthetic additives in the
processed foods most people eat every day.
You can then end up with the symptoms of a painful gum abscess. By this time the
nerve in your tooth is also infected, because the germs in your infected gums can pass
through tiny pores in the root, called dentinal tubules, and into the nerve. Your tooth has
become infected internally and externally, surrounded by abscessed, infected tissue
which has replaced the jaw bone destroyed by the gum infection. Sometimes you will see
pus and blood oozing from the gum margin of the painful tooth.
Now your advanced gum disease has arrived at the final acute stage of periodontal
disease. Even if prompt dental treatment, usually with antibiotics, is able to reverse the
acute symptoms so that they become painless and chronic once more, the acute stage
will typically make its ugly head appear again sometime after using up the prescribed
antibiotics. Worse yet is the fact that this can happen to more than one tooth in your
With such severely infected teeth in your jaw bone, your body can no longer
successfully heal your jaw bone. Teeth with end stage gum disease are like a
foreign body in your mouth. The likelihood of saving your teeth isnt very
promising. You ultimately lose teeth, either by having them removed by a
dentist, or they come out, usually when you are eating. Not a desired outcome
for most people.
Besides nutritional support, what can I do to save my teeth from the damaging
effects of gum disease?
Ask your dentist or hygienist for their assessment of the degree of
infection of your gums. Consider changing to a dentist who is holistic, as you are
more likely to receive treatment that focuses on eliminating the germs associated
with gum infection without using antibiotics. To find a holistic or biological
How can I tell if my gums are healthy and I dont have gum disease?
Healthy gums are never infected. When your gums are healthy, they are firmly
attached to your teeth by what is called the periodontal, ligament. Periodontal means
around the tooth. The attachment is strong and tight enough to prevent any germs or
their toxins from getting through, and any body fluids, like blood, from getting out. You
can usually recognize when you have a healthy gum attachment because your
gums will be pink, firm, and never bleed or hurt with routine brushing, flossing,
or when chewing food