Gum Disease: Detection, Prevention, and Treatment
Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. According to the CDC, almost half of Americans have some sort of gum disease. Gum disease occurs when bacteria, in the form of plaque or tartar, build up on the teeth along the gum line. The initial buildup of plaque or tartar causes inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue leading to a red and swollen appearance, also known as gingivitis. Plaque and tartar left on teeth for long periods of time can eventually lead to more moderate or severe forms of gum disease which may include the destruction of ...