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Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is often described as a sneaky disease because you may have it and not be aware of it.

Gum Disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

The most common signs of gum disease are:

  • Gum Recession
  • Spaces Between the Teeth that Weren't there Before
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Discoloration of gums
  • Bad Breath that won't go away
  • Reddened Gums
  • Loose Teeth

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is usually caused by a buildup of plaque. Plaque is an invisible sticky layer of germs that forms naturally on the teeth and gums. Plaque contains bacteria, which produce toxins that irritate and damage the gums.

When there is an excess of bacteria, the bacteria can cause the gums to become infected. Infection leads to gum disease.

Treatment options for Gum Disease

Some of the common treatment options for gum disease are antibiotics and surgery. Your dentist will discuss which option is best for you.

Can Gum Disease be spread to my family?

Gum disease can be spread to spouses and children. This usually occurs if the spouse and children are already susceptible to gum disease.

The Risk Factors for Gum Disease

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Genetically-Reduced Resistance to Gum Disease
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