Some signs of periodontal (gum) disease are:
If it's allowed to progress, gum disease can cause the loss of the supporting jaw bone around your teeth, and some or all of your teeth may be lost. Chronic gum disease is also associated with general health problems such as cardiovascular disease.
Treatment of gum disease involves removing the main causes:
In very severe or difficult cases, you may need to be referred to a gum specialist, a periodontist, to carry out your gum disease treatment.
In the short term, treating gum disease makes your mouth look, feel and smell better. Treatment will also greatly reduce gum bleeding (or even stop the bleeding entirely). Longer term, treating gum disease increases your chances of keeping your teeth for life.