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Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Periodontal means "around the tooth." Periodontal disease is commonly known as gum disease, as it is an inflammatory condition which affects the surrounding soft tissues of the tooth. Periodontal disease usually comes after gingivitis, which is a bacterial infection of gum tissue. A bacterial infection occurs when the toxins from plaque begin to inflame and irritate the gum tissues. After this bacterial infection gathers in the gum pockets located between the teeth, it is extremely hard to remove and treat. This type of disease is progressive and eventually causes the destruction of connective tissues and jawbone. If treatment is not applied, teeth can become loose or shift and fall out.When periodontal disease is left untreated, it can spread below the gum line. After the gums become irritated from these toxins, a chronic inflammatory response causes the body to break down and destroy its own bone and soft tissue. Unfortunately, there are little to no signs or symptoms when it come to this disease.

The most common types of periodontal disease are:

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease: