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1. What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. This disease is caused by bacteria (germs) that accumulate in a film around your teeth (plaque). Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States.

2. Is there more than one type of periodontal disease?

Yes. Periodontal disease in its earliest form is called gingivitis. Areas of the gums become red, swollen, receded and may bleed. More advanced periodontal disease, called periodontitis, is when bone loss occurs around the tooth. There are also periodontal diseases that affect young adults, people taking certain medications, and diseases where bone loss and tooth loss can occur rapidly.

3. How do I know if I have periodontal (gum) disease? Is it painful?

Most forms of periodontal disease occur with no pain. If you suspect you have gum disease, contact us.

 

   
         
 

Kent Dentist, Dentists

Hugh Leung DMD DDS

Family Dentistry

431 East Ward Street,

Kent, Washington, WA 98030

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