Gum Disease Symptoms & Treatment

Because the primary cause of gum disease is plaque, any type of gum disease treatment requires good daily care at home, in conjunction with regular visits to your preferred dental practitioner.


You may have gum disease if you are experiencing:

  • Bleeding or receding gums
  • Inflammation around your teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

The severity of gum disease ranges from a mild type known as gingivitis to the more serious type called periodontitis. The most severe cases of gum disease can result in tissue damage, bone loss, and even tooth loss.


Treatment of gum disease depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the disease, the quality of your oral health care, and risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, and pregnancy.

Explore in Depth

Learn more about gum disease symptoms and specific treatments.

Gingivitis: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can result in inflammation, red gums, and bleeding gums.
Periodontitis: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment
Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease. You may notice receding gums and areas that become infected.
Periodontal Pockets: Cleaning & Treatment
Periodontal pockets are a symptom of periodontal disease.