Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease,more commonly known as gum disease, can affect anyone at any time. It is generally slow to develop, and does not cause any pain or discomfort in the early stages. You may not even know you have it until it has significantly advanced.
Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease is initially caused by a build-up of plaque at the gumline that goes unchecked for a period of time. This buildup of plaque turns into gingivitis (gum inflammation) and then gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis progresses further, becoming periodontal disease. Gum disease, at the end stage, causes the tissue and the bone supporting your teeth to break down eventually resulting in tooth loss and potentially other oral and dental complications.