Periodontitis develops from untreated gum disease, or gingivitis, a condition where bacteria grows on tooth and gums causing inflammation. If gingivitis is not treated in the beginning stages, the bacteria can cause the disease to spread into the jawbone. Once inflammation sets into the bone, periodontitis is diagnosed and will need treated quickly.
Advanced periodontal disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth potentially leading to damaged gum tissue, ligaments, and bone and even tooth loss. Some signs that you may have periodontitis include bleeding when brushing and or flossing, pain when chewing, sore or receding gums, persistent bad breath, and loose teeth. Although gingivitis, that leads to gum disease, can be prevented through brushing, flossing, and oral care such as mouth washing, periodontitis can develop from a variety of reasons.