Periodontal disease is an oral infection impacting the gum tissues, periodontal ligament (structure attaching a tooth to its surrounding alveolar bone socket) and the supporting jaw bone. Hundreds of variations of bacteria living in the mouth are responsible for periodontal infection, which is a destructive, slowly progressing condition causing bone loss and ultimate tooth loss if allowed to advance.
To protect the longevity of the teeth and preserve their supporting structures, identifying its symptoms and treating periodontal disease as early as possible is crucial.
Each individual may display symptoms of periodontal disease differently, depending on the severity of the condition and other environmental or biological influences. However, the most common of such symptoms are as follows:
The presence of periodontal disease may be indicated by one or more of the symptoms mentioned here. In some cases, none of these symptoms are evident, which underscores the importance of maintaining regular dental cleanings and examinations to evaluate for this destructive oral infection.
Periodontists and general dentists routinely provide screenings for periodontal disease, even in the absence of symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath and tooth pain. To learn more about common symptoms of periodontal disease and whether you are affected by the condition, contact your dentist or periodontist for a consultation.
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