Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a very common condition and is often called a “silent” disease. Most patients are often unaware of the symptoms which are essentially bleeding gums and bad breath.
Gingivitis is a superficial version of gum disease and usually affects people under the age of 35. A more damaging form of gum disease is called “periodontitis” which usually begins after the age of 35 and is associated with bleeding gums, a particularly bad smell, and if left untreated it will lead to teeth becoming longer, drifting, loose, and ultimately loss of the tooth or teeth any time after the age of 40. In some severe cases, tooth loss can begin around the age of 30. Dr. Cassidy is a specialist in the treatment of periodontal disease.