Symptoms of Periodontal Disease 

In its early stages, periodontal disease is painless and displays few symptoms.  In fact, many patients are surprised when they receive this diagosis.  If you have periodontal disease, you might notice one or more of the following conditions:

  • gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen or tender (known as gingivitis)
  • gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • persistent bad breath
  • pus between the teeth and gums
  • teeth that have became loose or fallen out
  • a change in how your teeth or partial dentures fit together

When bacteria invades your gums, your immune system stimulates an inflammatory response.  If untreated, a chronic infection develops and bacteria burrow deeper into your gums.   You may have little or no discomfort as the jaw bone around the teeth dissolves.   In fact, more than half of the bone around your teeth can disappear before you feel any pain or notice any looseness. The bone around teeth never regenerates, so this loss is permanent.  What's more, it becomes harder to control the bacteria as they accumulate and hide deeper into the gums.  If not controlled, periodontal disease ultimately leads to tooth loss and inflammation that spreads throughout the body.  

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