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Gum Disease

How can I stop the spread of gum disease?

stopgumdisease4[1]Early and moderate periodontal disease may exhibit few, if any, symptoms. However, warning signs of advanced periodontal disease may include red, swollen, or bleeding gums; persistent bad breath; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

There are many stages and forms of periodontal disease, including:

GINGIVITIS

PERIODONTITIS

If left untreated, gum infection damages bone and supporting tissues.

ADVANCED PERIODONTITIS

At this stage, gums recede further and separate from the tooth.

CHECKING FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE

stopgumdisease1[1]During each routine checkup, your dentist will examine you for periodontal disease. A periodontal probe is used to determine if there is any breakdown in the gum tissue attachment or if pockets have developed between your gums and teeth.

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