A gum disease, also known as gingivitis is the infection of gums and the related areas, it is quite common in children as well as adults. It can convert into periodontitis if left untreated. The infection in gums gives rise to several pockets in the gums that have pus filled in them. These gum infections can damage the surrounding soft tissues and bones as well if not treated well in time.
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Bacterial Infections
- Plaque or food deposition in the space between teeth and gums
- People who smoke or have diabetes are at higher risk of getting gum diseases.
Some patient may have no symptoms at all, however many other suffer from the following symptoms –
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
- Loosened teeth
- Foul breath
- Gum pain
Your teeth will be examined and an x-ray will be taken if required to check for the extent of gum disease. As, gum disease can spread to the bone if left untreated for a long time.