When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis (gum disease), a pretty severe form of gum inflammation. The damage caused to our teeth and surrounding tissues by periodontitis may not be reversible at that stage.
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. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.
If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and finally falls.
Gum disease may progress painlessly, producing few obvious signs, even in the late stages of the disease. Although the symptoms of periodontal disease often are subtle, the condition is not entirely without warning signs. The symptoms of gum disease include:
If you experience any of the previously listed symptoms, you are at a potential risk of loosing your teeth, please consider to visit a periodontist as soon as possible.
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