Also known as gum disease, is a bacterial growth in the mouth that can slowly eat away at your gums when not treated properly. When left untreated, periodontal disease can leave to major health issues including loss of teeth.
There are two main types of periodontal disease:
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum at the necks of the teeth. Periodontitis is inflammation affecting the bone and tissues of the teeth. While gingivitis typically precedes periodontitis, that’s not always the case. In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. When left untreated, this can lead to periodontitis. When that happens, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets.
In some cases, gum disease can progress without any painful signs. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t warning signs to keep an eye out for. Some of the symptoms are:
Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
Loose or shifting teeth
Changes in the way teeth fit together
If you currently suffer from periodontal disease, it’s not too late to treat it. After all, coming in today can be the difference between saving your teeth and losing them. Call our office today to learn more about our treatment options.