Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue around your teeth. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease; it can begin unnoticed but becomes very painful as it progresses.
Some symptoms to look for are:
As the disease becomes more advanced, you are likely to notice:
By measuring the gum pockets that are present around the teeth, your dentist can identify gum disease at an early stage. If you have bleeding from the gums, together with a pocket exceeding 3 mm, it is likely you may require treatment for gum disease.