How can I stop the spread of gum disease?
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:
If left untreated, gum infection damages bone and supporting tissues.
At this stage, gums recede further and separate from the tooth.
CHECKING FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE
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.