Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, often progresses slowly, without pain, over a long period of time, and that is one reason it is common among older adults.
The longer the disease goes undetected and uncontrolled, the more damage it causes to gums and other supporting tissues.
Although periodontal disease is caused by plaque, other factors can increase the risk or severity of the condition, including:
Although periodontal disease is common, it can be controlled, and, if caught in its early stages, it can be reversed. However, in advanced stages, it may require surgery.
Look out for the following warning signs and see your dentist if you notice any of them:
Keeping an eye out for these problems and having regular dental checkups can help you stop gum disease from becoming a major and expensive problem.