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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Inflamed, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth misalignment
  • Receding gums

What Causes Gum Disease (Periodontitis)?

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Defective fillings
  • Crooked teeth
  • Improperly fitted bridges
  • Dry mouth (often caused by medication)
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Female hormonal changes

Types of Periodontitis

  • Gingivitis
    The mildest and most common type of periodontal disease, typically involving red, swollen and sore gums. Easily reversible.
  • Chronic periodontitis
    The gum disease has spread below the gum line, causing bad breath, receding gums, and infected gingival pockets. Involves a slow deterioration that cannot be reversed, but can be halted.
  • Aggressive periodontitis
    This form of gum disease progresses rapidly, causing the advanced deterioration of gum tissue, ligaments, and bone.
  • Periodontitis relating to systemic conditions
    Certain underlying systemic medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease are linked to the development of gum disease.
  • Necrotizing periodontitis
    People who suffer from malnutrition, immunosuppression, and HIV sometimes develop this form of periodontitis which involves the death of gum tissue. This is the result of gum tissue deprived of the nourishment it needs to stay healthy.

Treatments for gum disease

Periodontitis is a progressive disease that has the potential to cause serious damage, but it’s also treatable.

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