Gum Disease: The 3 Stages
Gum disease is a progressive infection in your gums and surrounding teeth and bones. Although the infection can occur at any age, it is most common among adults. If left untreated, gum disease can cause serious destruction to your teeth, gums, and bone. There are three main stages of gum disease. We take a look at what each stage involves.
Stage 1: Gingivitis
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis occur once bacteria (plaque) invades the space around your teeth, infecting your gums. There are only a few symptoms in this early stage. These signs include occasional bad breath, bleeding after flossing, and redness and swelling of your gums.