Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a very common and serious problem. Four out of five people have it and don’t know it! It begins with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis. You may notice red, painful, swollen or bleeding gums but there are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages. The disease attacks the gums and bone that support the teeth and can lead to serious tissue and bone loss, eventually resulting in lost teeth. Periodontal disease has also been linked to other diseases such as stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, and increased risk during pregnancy. Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tenderness
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus around teeth and gums