Gum disease also known as periodontal disease occurs when the toxins found in plaque begin to irritate or inflame the gum tissue. The resulting bacterial infection often known as gingivitis, can eventually lead to the destruction of the gum tissue and underlying bone. If periodontal disease is not treated, it can also lead to tooth loss. Please visit our gum disease FAQs for more information.
Seven Danger Signs of Gum Disease
- Your gums sometimes bleed when you brush your teeth.
- You’ve got bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.
- Your gums are soft, swollen or tender.
- Your gums are receding from your teeth, making your teeth appear longer.
- Your teeth have changed their position slightly, making your “bite” different.
- Any of your teeth are loose.
- Pus seeps from your gums when you press them.
It is extremely important to note that periodontal disease can progress without any signs or symptoms such as pain. This is why regular dental checkups are exceptionally important. Described below are some of the most common signs and symptoms of periodontitis.