Periodontal (gum) disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form caluclus, also know as tartar.  As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums and causes them to bleed. This is the early stage of gum disease known as GINGIVITIS.  If left untreated, Gingivitis becomes PERIODONTITIS, which ultimately causes bone loss around your teeth. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why. 

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened. 

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