What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal-DiseasePreventable as it is, untreated periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults over the age of 35. Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, stems from plaque, a colorless film that sticks to the teeth at the gum line. It’s constantly forming. And if it’s not removed on a regular basis, the bacteria found in plaque build-up will create an infection in the gums, causing them to turn red, swell, become tender, and bleed easily. When the infection is prolonged, the gums will separate from the teeth and pockets will form between them. Once plaque spreads to these pockets, the supporting gum tissue and jawbone will begin to deteriorate.


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