Periodontitis is gum disease that occurs when serious infection or inflammation goes untreated. It is caused by bacteria found in plaque. If plaque is not consistently removed, it damages soft tissue and bone that supports your teeth. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, and it progresses in three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. Fortunately, our office has the ability to detect signs of gum disease early on to prevent it from progressing any further.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Perpetual bad breath
- Gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleeding
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Changes in your bite or alignment
Gum disease progresses if you do not brush and floss daily. A routine in maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease. Other factors that can contribute to gum disease include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor diet
- Certain medications
Maintain the health of your gums by brushing and flossing everyday, and call our office if you have any symptoms of gum disease.