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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease is effecting three out of four adults and in most cases, it does not cause any pain and goes unnoticed

However, early detection and treatment are extremely important.  Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Periodontal disease occurs when plaque builds up and irritates the gum and bone, leading to inflammation and infection.  The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis   

If left untreated, the condition can progress to the bone, called periodontitis 

Signs of periodontal disease may include:

  • sore and/or bleeding gums
  • tooth movement
  • changes in your bite
  • bad breath or persistent bad taste
  • gums that have pulled away from your teeth

In later stages of the disease, the bone and soft tissues that support the teeth are destroyed.  This may cause the teeth to become loose, fall out or must be removed.

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