What are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease (periodontitis) is the dental term for gum disease. The clinical concern here is that it might be a progressive gum health condition. This is the critical lens we look through when we answer this frequently asked question – just what are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease? 

At Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, we believe the key to achieving a greater level of clinical success when treating periodontal disease is to spot the signs and symptoms as early as possible. They include: 


  • Swollen, puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums – on a regular basis; when cleaning your teeth, flossing or using interdental brushes
  • Spitting blood when rinsing during your daily dental care  
  • Gum inflammation
  • Receding gums 
  • Periodontal pockets appearing in place of a previously snug seal around the curve of the tooth 
  • Sensitive teeth and/or loose teeth 


  • Pain from bleeding gums and/or inflammation
  • Noticing spots of blood on your toothbrush 
  • Suffering pus build-up at the affected gum site
  • Long-lasting bad breath (halitosis) 
  • Significant drop in personal mouth comfort when you eat or drink 
  • Significant drop in personal confidence when you smile 
  • Experiencing the onset of tooth loss 

If you are currently exhibiting any/all of the signs or symptoms listed above; please contact us to book an appointment as most periodontal diseases are treatable. Act fast whenever you are concerned about your oral health – especially your gums.

A member of our expert team of dentists, periodontists (a dental expert in treating periodontitis gum disease) or dental hygienists will be happy to help you. A full inspection of your teeth, gum line and surrounding oral area enables us to make both an accurate and expert assessment of the level of periodontal disease now evident. Post-treatment we can take steps to ensure its re-occurrence is highly preventable.

Your gums are the soft tissue within the mouth which naturally covers both your jawbone and your tooth sockets. Gums help to protect the position of and anchor teeth in their individual locations on the upper or lower jaw. Your gums form a unique seal around teeth. This defensive shield against bacteria entering your system aims to ward off infection. Gums are the equal partner to your teeth when safeguarding both the quality and the longevity of your smile for a lifetime – from infant to child and from adolescent to adult. Our gums really are to be treasured for all that they do for us. 

Here in clinic, we are proud to offer you a full suite of options within the dentistry field of periodontics for you to consider as they are recommended to you. Our treatment approach is carefully considered, planned and delivered in meticulously managed stages. Your individual and bespoke dental care from our clinic depends on the severity of your periodontal disease as presented to us. We can offer you all the information you may need, provide comprehensive consultation, expert diagnosis, preservative pre-treatment, a review and agreement of your further specialised treatment plan, the treatment itself, professional cleanse plus the capability to offer dental surgeries – if required – and all on an in-house basis. 

Our approach to the treatment of periodontal disease is to emphasise the long term care of both gums and teeth. We advise all our patients to commit to booking and attending a regular, optimum schedule of both dental and dental hygienist appointments. We deploy the use of a structured recall system ensuring that none of our patients ever misses an appointment with us. 

Let us treasure your gums and treasure your teeth; so together we can treasure your oral health.

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