In its early stage, gingivitis, the main symptom of gum disease is light bleeding when brushing or flossing. You may not realise you have it at this stage, and simply think you’ve brushed too hard. There could be a strange taste in your mouth, or you might notice bad breath. You might also find that symptoms persist even after a professional clean.
The symptoms of early, moderate or advanced periodontal disease - the later stages - are more serious. Gaps may appear between your gums and teeth, or your teeth may feel loose and change position. You may experience pain as abscesses form. If gum disease is left untreated, teeth will fall out. That’s why it’s important to treat it early. But the good news is, even if you have advanced gum disease, your dentist can give you a plan to manage it, or refer you to a specialist.