Periodontics is a term used to describe a wide variety of treatments involving the gums and supporting tissue of the teeth. While periodontitis rarely hurts, it can be present for years and cause considerable damage before its discovery due to intraoral symptoms. For this reason, keeping your periodic hygiene appointments is extremely important. Periodontitis starts as simple gingivitis, a small amount of inflammation involving the gums.
As the inflammation is left untreated and progresses, continued gum destruction as well as supporting bone destruction begins to develop and spread. This spread can lead to symptoms such as easily bleeding gums, loose teeth, changes in bite, bad tastes or smells coming from the gum, and loss of attachment between gums and teeth.
What are the common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is often silent, meaning symptoms- particularly pain, may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. However, you should still be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms, which include:
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In recent years, gum disease has been linked to other health problems. There are possible connections between gum disease and:
FAQ about Periodontal Disease