Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the gums. The infection, caused by bacteria causes redness, inflammation, and swelling but can be completely painless. Periodontal disease is usually the second stage of gum disease following gingivitis. Because it is painless, the disease often goes unnoticed till severe bone loss occurs and the teeth start getting loose. The condition might affect a single tooth or a number of teeth in a row.
Contact your dentist if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Redness or swelling of gums
- Bleeding from the gums
- Gums retracting from the teeth
- The forming of pus in the area where the gum is attached to the tooth
- Teeth start getting loose
Periodontal disease, if treated early enough, can be cured, but if delayed, you could lose several teeth and the infection could spread to the bone. Do not hesitate to schedule a consultation if you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms.