How does gum disease start?
As a result of bacteria and plaque buildup, the bond between teeth from gums is diminished, allowing periodontal pockets to form. In these pockets, infection builds and grows – this is periodontal disease. Without professional intervention by a hygienist or dentist, periodontal pockets are a catalyst for more serious health issues such as tooth loss and alveolar atrophy. Gum disease does not go away naturally, and it is a chronic condition. Common symptoms include bleeding when brushing, as well as gum sensitivity, redness, and swelling. In some cases, no symptoms are present, and a hygienist or dentist is the first to notice the condition.