Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Mainly caused by plaque, it is usually painless and often goes unnoticed without routine dental care. Regular dental visits are essential for timely diagnosis and treatment.
Early and moderate periodontal disease may exhibit few, if any, symptoms. Warning signs of advanced periodontal disease may include red, swollen or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, permanent teeth that are loose or separating, and changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
At present, there is no cure for periodontal disease: however, there are treatment options to halt the progression of this disease. Periodontal disease has also been linked to some forms of heart disease.