Gum Disease (Periodontitis)
Do you experience bleeding and tender gums, bad breath, bad taste or other concerning oral problems?
These alarming symptoms may be the result of GINGIVITIS (gingiva = gum + itis = inflammation or infection) or PERIODONTITS (perio = around + dont = tooth + itis).
These infections are caused by the germs in your mouth. If you don't get a cleaning for sometime, the germs in your mouth will first infect the gums (GINGIVITIS) and then start infecting the jaw bone around the teeth (PERIODONTITIS).
GINGIVITIS and PERIODONTITIS are serious oral conditions affecting millions--and are the number one cause of tooth loss among Americans today. The disease, caused by the body's response to bacterial toxins, is progressive, destructive and a significant health risk if not diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
The signs and symptoms, IF ANY ARE PRESENT, of gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Bad breath
- Presence of pus
- Bone loss
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Gaps forming in between the teeth
NOTE: sometimes there are no signs and symptoms present but the gum and bone infection has already started.