Gum disease may affect a few teeth or all of them. The disease is defined by a recession of the bone and gum tissue support around the teeth. Having gums that frequently bleed when brushing and flossing can be a red flag for periodontal disease.
In the disease’s advanced stages, affected teeth can become loose and feel tender when biting down, due to the loss of bone support. Treatment often involves the cleaning of teeth both above and below the gum line. Periodontal disease treatment on a continual basis is necessary to maintain gum and bone support.