Periodontal Disease Explained

Periodontal disease is a major dental health issue and the main cause of tooth loss.

The word “perio” means “around” and “dontal” refers to “tooth”. When the gums, tissues and bones surrounding and supporting the teeth are infected, it is referred to as periodontal disease—in simpler terms, gum disease.

Periodontal disease takes two forms – Gingivitis and Periodontitis.


A mild gum disease which is preventable and curable. Symptoms are bleeding/swollen gums.


If Gingivitis is left untreated, it leads to Periodontitis. Periodontal gum disease symptoms include Halitosis (very bad breath), receding gums, teeth working loose and falling out, and pus between the teeth and gums! This is a very severe and irreversible gum disease and one which is not curable (it can be controlled, though). more