WHAT IS GUM DISEASE
Most forms of gum disease involve the infection and erosion of gums. In some cases, it spreads below the gums to infect the bone that supports the teeth.
Gum disease is seen in various stages, from a mild condition (Gingivitis) that is easily reversible to severe forms (Periodontitis) that requires more comprehensive treatment.
WHY YOU SHOULD TREAT GUM DISEASE IMMEDIATELY
Signs of gum disease can be seen in certain regions across the entire gums. These include:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Painful gums
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, making them appear longer than before.
- Loose or shaking teeth
- Pus in the gums
- Bad breath which is persistent
Like most dental diseases, gum disease is a progressive disease. In the initial stages, the infection is limited to the gums. If left untreated, this gradually spreads to the bone supporting teeth and starts eroding them. Eventually, the teeth lose their vital bone supporting the teeth and start shaking. At this stage, one may experience difficulty in performing simple tasks like chewing due to loose teeth and also suffer from persistent bad breath.
How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Teeth?
Your teeth are supported by:
Gums (gingiva)—The pinkish soft tissue surrounding your teeth. They are important for your oral health, yet, they can become infected if not taken care of.
Periodontal attachment—This ligament attaches your tooth to the supporting bone. Your teeth are supported by your jawbone. It provides a socket for the roots of your teeth. Bone can be irreversibly lost if gum disease is at an advanced stage.