Gum Disease and Periodontal Treatment
What is gum disease?
Left untreated, gum disease can lead to the loss of gums, teeth and even the breakdown of bone and connective tissue in the jaw. Bacteria in the mouth can also travel in the body, leading to other health conditions such as heart disease.
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Different types of gum disease
Mild gum disease is called gingivitis, which can be reversed with daily brushing, interdental cleaning, and a regular scale and polish from the dental hygienist.
Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, where the gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the infection with bacterial toxins that start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. Without this support, teeth can come loose and may need to be removed.
Signs you might have gum disease
If you are experiencing any of the following, you might have gum disease:
- Bleeding gums when brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
- Swollen, red and sore gums
- Bad breath and/or a bad taste in your mouth
- Shrinking gums
- Teeth loosening, separating or falling out
- Pus between teeth
- Persistent sores in the mouth
- Fillings or bridgework no longer fitting properly