When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis” (which means “inflammation around the tooth”). In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line.
Take Control of Your Gums Today
Periodontitis or gum disease is a destructive infection that damages the structure of your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. If left untreated, it can damage your gums and teeth. It is also associated with heart and respiratory health problems.
Gum disease is often associated with a host of other systemic illnesses, including diabetes, COPD, and pneumonia. The quicker a periodontist can detect it, the quicker they can: (a) refer patients to their physicians and (b) provide an oral treatment that can help or improve certain systemic conditions.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Some of the symptoms associated with periodontitis include: