The Oaks
4350 Sheridan Street Ste. 201 D
Hollywood, FL 33021


Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Persistent swollen, red or bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, and bad breath are just some of the warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease ? a serious infection that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.

In general, here are the major warning signs:

  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Bleeding gums after tooth brushing or eating hard food
  • Emerging spaces between your teeth
  • Pain in the mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Receding gums (pulling back from your teeth) or teeth appearing longer than before
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Unexplained mouth sores


  1. Healthy bones and gums hold teeth properly in place.
  2. As Gingivitis develops, gums tend to bleed easily, and may become tender and swollen.
  3. As plaque byproducts destroy gum tissues, periodontitis occurs. More plaque tends to accumulate in pockets formed below the gum line, exposing tooth roots.
  4. Periodontal ligament and bone is destroyed in advanced periodontitis. The teeth lose more support, and without treatment, can loosen and fall out or need to be removed.