Symptoms of Gum Disease

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In its earliest stages, gum disease is typically marked by slight inflammation of the tissue surrounding your teeth. At this beginning point, gums may also appear redder than usual and a lighter spot may be made by applying pressure with a finger. Although these things indicate gum disease, there is no reason to worry at this stage in its development. Recommitting to brushing your teeth after every meal, making sure you floss both morning and night, and adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your routine is likely all that will be needed to address the problem. If it persists however, it is a good idea to call New York City dentists Dr. Elisa Mello and Ramin Tabib to schedule a periodontal examination.

If you have begun to notice the symptoms of gum disease, please contact NYC Smile Design online or call our Manhattan office at 212-452-3344 to schedule an appointment right away.


Gingivitis is gum disease in its early stages. In addition to a reddening and swelling of gum tissue, symptoms of gingivitis may include:

  • Tender gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth that will not respond to brushing
  • Gums that recede from the roots of teeth
  • Gum tissue that bleeds easily when brushed

When bleeding begins, it is absolutely time to contact our office for an examination. At this point, periodontal therapy such as deep cleaning and laser curettage may be necessary to prevent bacteria from spreading.

It is important to stop the progression of gum disease as quickly as possible. Allowed to progress and this common oral health issue will become periodontitis, a much more worrisome problem.


Periodontitis is gum disease in its advanced stages. At this point, symptoms of periodontal disease may include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that shift position
  • Tooth pain or discomfort
  • Pus in between teeth
  • Tooth loss

Advanced or chronic periodontitis may result in necrosis of bone in the jaw and is a known risk factor for:

  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Kidney and liver failure
  • Breast and pancreatic cancer
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Chronic periodontitis may require periodontal surgery. When this is necessary, our New York periodontists will review all of your options to help ensure you are choosing the solution best suited to both address the problem and help prevent its recurrence.

Swift treatment is the best way to prevent gingivitis from turning into periodontitis. If you are experiencing symptoms of either type of gum disease, please call our New York dental practice at 212-452-3344 to schedule your examination today.