Periodontal Disease Overview

Periodontal disease, characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums, which attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth, is caused by plaque, a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that turns into calculus (tartar) if not removed and begins to destroy the gums and bone.

Some signs and symptoms of periodontal disease are bleeding gums, pus around the teeth and bums, red and puffy gums, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, new spacing between teeth, receding gums and tender or discomfort.

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