Gum Disease or Periodontitis is a common severe gum infection that causes damage to the soft gum tissue. If untreated, gum disease can damage the bone that supports your teeth and loosen your teeth resulting in teeth loss.
Bacteria can accumulate on your teeth and result in plaque to form. Over time, plaque can harden as tartar resulting in an infection and bleeding gums.
As the gum disease grows, the gums will recede and create pockets around the teeth and eventual tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Tender Gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Pink-tinged toothbrush after brushing
- Blood when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Bad breath odor
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Large spaces between your teeth
- Receding Gums
- Changes in your bite
How to prevent gum disease
Flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day, coupled with regular dental cleanings every six months, can significantly reduce your gum disease risk.