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Periodontal (gum) diseases are infections of the tissues and bone that support teeth. Periodontal diseases are caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. If bacterial plaque is not removed by daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings, the gums can become infected and inflamed.
Gingivitis, a milder form of the periodontal diseases, is marked by red or swollen gums that often bleed during brushing or flossing. Gingivitis is usually reversible with professional cleanings in the dental office, along with daily brushing and flossing.
Periodontitis is a more advanced form of the periodontal diseases. It results in infection and inflammation of the supporting tissues of the teeth. As the disease progresses, the normal healthy pocket around the tooth deepens, allowing harmful bacteria to grow and making it difficult to keep the teeth and gums clean. Without treatment, these diseases can lead to bone and tissue destruction and tooth loss. It is possible to have periodontal diseases without any pain. If you have ANY of the following warning signs, visit your dentist for a complete evaluation.