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Periodontal Disease

According to the World Health Organization, 85% of adults in the United States have periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease.   Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gums and if left untreated, can cause loss of teeth.  Periodontal disease is a painless infectious disease and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.  Periodontal disease can develop as early as adolescence - even children are acceptable to gingivitis if they don't practice proper home care.  Men are more likely to have periodontal disease than women.

Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.  Periodontal disease is classified into four stages of periodontal disease.

Symptom for periodontal disease include

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Gums bleed when you brush or floss
  • Gums have pulled away from teeth (receding gum line)
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Teeth seem to be loose or moving
  • Tender gums
  • Bad breath is persistent
  • Space developing between teeth

The earlier treatment begins for periodontal disease the more likely a full recovery without permanent damage.


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