Periodontal disease

 

Teeth are supported by the gums and bone. Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque.

Periodontal means “located around a tooth”. Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of the gums, bone, and other tissues that surround and support the teeth. The infection begins when the body's immune system is overwhelmed.

Periodontal diseases are often classified according to their severity. They range from mild gingivitis, to more severe periodontitis.

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