Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease â€” from least to most severe â€” are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
Signs & Symptoms:
Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to be aware of any of the following symptoms:
If you clean your teeth every six months or so, you know that a routine professional cleaning involves scaling teeth and the gumline to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing to remove stains and smooth the toothâ€™s surface. This is done to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you have symptoms of gum disease, however, you may need another type of cleaning, called scaling and root planing