Red tender swollen gums that bleed when probed (or when you brush and
floss) are another sign of periodontal disease.Bleeding is a sign of
During your examination, we use a special
instrument with millimeter markings (called a periodontal probe) to
measure the sulcus or pocket depths around your teeth. The measurement
is from the bottom of the pocket, where the gum is attached to the tooth,
to the top of the gums. We note any bleeding upon probing. We note the
color and texture of your gums.
Healthy gums are tight against the teeth and there aren't any pockets.
Healthy gums are pink and stippled in appearance, similar to the skin
of an orange. Healthy gums don't bleed.
Swollen gums lose this stippled appearance, especially between the teeth.
Look especially close at the difference of the gums between the teeth.
This is where periodontal disease usually starts.
of Periodontal Disease
• Bad breath
• Bleeding tender gums
• Receding gums
• Periodontal pockets
• Loose teeth
• Spaces btw teeth
• Periodontal abscess
• Bone loss
• Tooth loss