Gum disease is known by several other names such as:
- Periodontal disease
- Trench mouth
How do you know if you have gum disease? What does gum disease look like? While your dentist or hygienist can easily screen for the condition, it is also possible to identify it for yourself. Early stages of gum disease begin in the simple form of gingivitis, with more advanced stages leading to severe periodontal disease and tooth loss.
It is estimated that upwards of 90% of adults in the U.S. have gingivitis. The CDC finds that approximately 50% of adults have some form of periodontitis.
Classifications of gum disease include:
- Mild to moderate inflammation along the gumlines
- Red or tender gums
- Bleeding when flossing
- Subsides within two weeks with thorough preventive care
- Bone loss up to four millimeters around the teeth
- Early signs of gum recession
- Bone loss up to six millimeters around the teeth
- Signs of moderate gum recession
- Early signs of tooth mobility
- Bone loss over six millimeters around the teeth
- Severe gum recession
- Tooth mobility
- Tooth loss
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