Gum disease, also called periodontitis, occurs when a bacterial infection develops where the gums join the teeth. Harmful bacteria assemble in a complex structure called a biofilm and release enzymes that cause inflammation. If left untreated, this inflammatory response can destroy the supporting structures that anchor the teeth, resulting in receding gums and possibly tooth loss.
Bacteria associated with periodontal diseases can travel into the bloodstream and may result in other adverse health effects. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and preterm births. This makes early detection of periodontal diseases very important.
Symptoms may include red, swollen and bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, and tooth sensitivity. Ask a dental professional about gum disease if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
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