Periodontal disease is an infection that attacks the gums and the bone that supports the teeth when plaque is not removed. Many people have the early stages of periodontal disease and don't know it. Some symptoms include bleeding gums, new spacing between teeth, receding gums and persistent bad breath.
Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist during a periodontal examination, which is a part of your regular checkup. A periodontal probe is gently used to measure the space between the tooth and the gums. We will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation and tooth mobility to make a diagnosis.