Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an infection that damages the soft tissue which holds your teeth in place. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and is linked to an increased risk of other health complications, as the bacteria that cause periodontitis can find their way into the bloodstream and spread.
Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. The leading cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. The leading cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. However, brushing twice a day and flossing once can remove the bacteria, which otherwise attacks tooth enamel and gum tissue. Proper oral hygiene will significantly decrease your risk of developing this disease.
8 out of 10 Americans have some degree of gum disease, making it one of the most common diseases, but don’t let that scare you! Gum disease is preventable! This month, step your oral hygiene game up and make sure you’re brushing twice a day, flossing, and having your next cleaning scheduled!
Some of The Symptoms of Gum Disease:
Bleeding gums when you brush and floss
Pain when chewing
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