Periodontal disease also known as gum diseases, gingivitis, and periodontitis in the later stages is a bacterial infection of the gum tissues. Gum disease begins as bacteria, plaque and tartar build-up and over time begins to destroy health gum tissue and deteriorate the jaw bone.
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There are different symptoms of gum disease depending on the stage of progression. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, progresses to periodontitis then progresses to advanced periodontitis.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
- Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
- New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
- Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
- Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
- Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
- Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
- Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
Patients present with different levels of gum health which dictate the type of professional cleaning indicated. At your initial exam we will determine the health of the gums and determine which type of cleaning can help you achieve optimal oral health.