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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the tissue and bones that surround and support the teeth. It is caused by germs and bacteria from the plaque in your mouth and on your teeth. The bacteria from the plaque irritate your gums and eventually cause an infection that can lead to oral catastrophes.

The longer gum disease goes without treatment, the worse it becomes resulting in another stage. Some stages of gum disease include gingivitis, periodontal disease, and periodontitis. Eventually, if gum disease is left untreated, gum disease can cause you to lose your teeth, and cause your bones to deteriorate resulting in bone loss as well.

Signs of gum disease include:

•Bleeding gums
•Pus coming from gums
•Constant bad breath
•Gums that pull away from teeth
•Loose teeth

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, please contact your dentist immediately. Your dentist can assist you in your fight against gum disease. Your dentist can also address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your oral care. So, call us today and schedule an appointment. Let us help you greet this festive season with a healthy, beautiful smile.