Periodontal Disease & Symptoms

Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can lead to many painful issues. You can trust Steven L. Atlas, D.M.D. in Exton, Pennsylvania, to provide superior periodontal care.

All About Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or pyorrhea, is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, after age 35, about three out of four adults are affected by some form of periodontal disease.
Unhealthy Gums Drawing — Gum Disease Symptoms in Exton, PA
Healthly Gums — Gum Disease Symptoms in Exton, PA
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums. In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums can become red and swollen and will bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.

Signs & Symptoms

Because periodontal disease is usually painless, however, you may not know you have it. In the more advanced stages of periodontal disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. The teeth can become loose, fall out, or have to be removed. If you notice any of the following signs of periodontal disease, see your periodontist immediately:
  • Gums That Bleed When You Brush Your Teeth
  • Red, Swollen, Tender Gums or Gums That Have Pulled Away from the Teeth
  • Bad Breath That Doesn't Go Away
  • Pus between Your Teeth & Gums
  • Loose Teeth or a Change in the Way Your Teeth Fit When You Bite
  • A Change in the Fit of Partial Dentures
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