Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues around your teeth caused by the bacteria found in plaque (a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth daily). The bacteria in the plaque have toxins that inflame the gums and will eventually cause destruction of the supporting bone.

The signs of gum disease are not always easy to see and in the early stages may be painless. The earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. That’s why it is important to see your dentist regularly and to contact a periodontist if you have any questions or concerns.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Possible symptoms of gum disease are listed below, though you may have gum disease and not have any of the symptoms. Most people do not experience pain with the periodontal disease until it may be too late to treat.

  • Gums that bleed or are red, puffy, or swollen
  • Changes to the way the teeth fit together
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

We are available to answer any question you may have regarding the health of you mouth.