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
3. How do I know if I have periodontal (gum) disease? Is it
Most forms of periodontal disease occur with no pain. If you
suspect you have gum disease, contact us.