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Stages of Gum Disease

 

This table summarizes the stages of periodontal disease progression and their associated signs and symptoms.

Gingivitis include bleeding and sensitivity.

Healthy Gums                                                              

  • Coral pink color
  • Gums hug teeth tightly
  • No bleeding


Gingivitis

  • Bleeding while brushing or during probing
  • Inflamed, sensitive gums
  • Possible bad breath or taste in mouth

Mild Periodontitis

  • More pronounced gingival bleeding or swelling
  • Gums may begin to pull away from teeth
  • Bad breath or taste
  • Pockets 3-4 mm deep


Moderate Periodontitis

  • Teeth may look longer due to gum recession
  • Gum boils or abscesses may develop
  • Bad breath or bad taste
  • Teeth may begin to drift and show spaces
  • Pockets 4-6 mm deep


Advanced Periodontitis

  • Teeth may become mobile or loose
  • Constant bad breath and taste
  • Teeth sensitive due to exposed roots
  • Pockets greater than 6 mm deep
  • Some teeth may be extracted
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