Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common infection that occurs when bacteria in dental plaque infect your gum tissue, causing inflammation. If you have gum disease, you may experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including:
If you have gum disease, you may experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including:Tooth sensitivity
Bright red gums that feel tender and look swollen
Gums that bleed while brushing or flossing
Receding gum tissue that pulls away from your teeth, making them look longer than normal
Pain while chewing
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. At your appointment, your dentist or hygienist will perform a variety of tests to determine if you have gum disease and rule out any other serious problems. You will be asked about your health history and if you engage in activities that raise your risk of developing gum disease, including smoking. While examining your gums and checking inflammation, your dentist or hygienist will use a dental instrument to measure any pockets.