Are your gums, red, swollen or bleeding? You could be suffering from Periodontal Disease, an inflammatory disease caused by bacterial infections.
Did you know the prominent cause of tooth loss in adults is Periodontal Disease? This is also the most common infectious disease in the world. ‘Periodontal’ literally means ‘around the tooth’. Healthy gums are pale pink, smooth and firm. However, if an infection develops in between teeth; the gums will begin to pull away and pockets form.
Why is treatment necessary?
Periodontal Disease has often been labeled the ‘silent disease’ due to the fact that most people are unaware they have it. Many patients only become aware of their symptoms once the disease is fairly advanced. By recognizing the signs early on, you can avert further deterioration of the gums and prevent tooth loss.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease include;
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing your teeth
- Withdrawal of gums away from teeth
- Pain while chewing
- Red, sore, swollen gums
- Build up of calculus (tartar)
- Bad breath or bad taste within the mouth
- Loss of teeth