Periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss,
and involves inflammation caused by bacterial infection that destroys the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets. This infection causes the gums to be red, swollen, and can even cause them to bleed. In addition to tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases including, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Pregnancy and smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed!
- Loose teeth – Caused by bone loss and inflamed gums.
- New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
- Persistent bad breath – Caused by plaque buildup.
- Pus around the teeth and gums – This is a sign of an infection.
- Receding gums – Loss of support around teeth.
- Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
- Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the mouth.