Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that eventually leads to tooth loss. Plaque, the sticky substance on your teeth, contains bacteria that causes cavities and leads to the various forms of periodontal disease.
The bacteria slowly begins to eat away at the bone tissue that supports the teeth in the jaw. In the early stages, periodontal disease presents itself as gingivitis. Gingivitis makes the gums red, swollen and causes bleeding.
When gingivitis is left untreated, periodontal disease develops. There are a number of treatment options available for the various forms of periodontal disease.
Three out of four adults have or will suffer from some form of gum disease. Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to diseases of the gums than they do to cavities. The only way to prevent gum disease is to remove the plaque that forms on your teeth.
Plaque can by removed by sticking to a good oral hygiene regimen. Brush and floss three times a day, every day and you can prevent gum disease and cavities from forming on your teeth.
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