What are the Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

According to recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, over 64.7 million people currently exhibit the warning signs of gum disease. How do you recognize the disease? What are the warning signs of gum disease? By understanding the symptoms and causes, you can take steps to protect your smile from periodontal disease.

Common Symptoms of Periodontal Disease in Rochester, MN

  1. True or False: Discomfort in the gums may be a warning sign.
  2. True or False: There are a number of other possible symptoms.
  3. True or False: In the advanced stages, patients may have loose teeth.
  4. True or False: A deep cleaning can help reduce symptoms.

Answer Key

  1. True. Often those at rusk may experience gums that appear red, or are sore. In addition, gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss may require treatment. Should you encounter any discomfort in your teeth or gums, please see the dentist right away.
  2. True. Other potential warning signs include bad breath, swollen or even receding gingival tissue. By recognizing the warning signs early, you can hade the issue treated before it progresses to the advanced stages.
  3. True. Advanced periodontal stages, also known as periodontitis, can cause the connective tissue between the teeth and gums to deteriorate. When this occurs, teeth may become loose or possibly even become lost. Tooth loss can lead to poor nutritional intake, misalignment, and loss of jawbone density.
  4. True. Often we can offer a deep cleaning in the early stages. Also known as a scaling and root planing, the procedure involves removing plaque from the surface of the teeth and root surfaces. Doing so reduces inflammation and can improve the health of the gums. For more information contact our office today.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To Contact Us, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.