Gum Disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums around the teeth and can be very serious. Gun Disease can is the main cause of tooth loss in adults and because this disease is often painless, it can go undetected in patients for years without regular checkups. During your regular dental visits, your dentist checks for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between the gums and the teeth. Gum Disease occurs when there is plaque buildup that creates toxins which damage the gums. There are two stages in periodontal disease, the first is gingivitis (the early stage) and the second is periodontitis. In gingivitis the gums may be red, swollen and bleed easily, but can be treated by daily brushing and flossing. In the periodontitis stage, however, the gums and bone will become irreversibly damaged.
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