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Your gums are the Skin of Your Teeth®. The better you care for them, the longer they will hold onto your teeth.
Gum Disease Symptoms vary widely depending on the severity of the problem. Gum disease can begin with the relatively mild symptoms of gingivitis and can advance in severity to periodontitis, tooth loss and eventually to systemic problems such as heart and circulation problems.
The early-warning symptoms of gum disease (periodontal disease), such as gingivitis, alert you to act quickly to prevent the pain and expense of more advanced problems.
Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is the mildest form of gum disease and exhibits these symptoms:
Gingivitis can be easily treated. The bone and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place haven’t been affected and the damage to the gums can be reversed. Healthy gums ensure that your teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets.
Gingivitis can mask receding gums, a more serious form of gum disease.
Gingivitis can worsen into periodontitis, a far more serious gum disease. Periodontitis occurs when bacteria-filled plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. The gums become irritated by the toxins produced by the bacteria. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response that causes the tissues and bone that support the teeth to be broken down and destroyed.
There are several types of periodontitis gum disease:
Symptoms of the destructive nature of periodontitis include:
Gum diseases such as gingivitis, receding gums and periodontitis may be caused by:
For details about gum disease treatment, visit our Gum Disease Treatment.
For more details about receding gums, visit Receding Gums Symptoms & Causes and Receding Gums Treatment.
For more details about dental care and gum care, visit Dental Care Basics.
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