Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common oral health condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth.
It is vital for patients to be regularly screened for gum disease and for treatment to be delivered promptly. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to discomfort, pain, infection and even tooth loss.
It can present as swelling, soreness or infection around the teeth and gums, and can become red, possibly bleeding when brushed. As the disease progresses, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose.
All gum disease is caused by plaque so routine dental hygiene treatments are necessary to maintain a healthy mouth.
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