What is gum disease? Knowing could save your smile.
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Understanding Gum Disease
Take an in-depth look at the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, including its causes, symptoms and prevention.
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Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, yet most people know nothing about it. We'll teach you what it is, plus simple ways to detect and prevent it.
Articles: The Basics
What is Gingivitis? Gingivitis — an inflammation of the gums — is the initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is plaque - the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth and gums.
Gingivitis — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of this gum disease.
Articles: Treatment and Prevention
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth.
More than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease. In its earliest stage, your gums might swell and bleed easily. At its worst, you might lose your teeth. The bottom line? If you want to keep your teeth, you must take care of your gums.
What Is It? Periodontitis is a group of conditions. All of them involve inflammation of the gums and other structures that support the teeth. This disease often starts as gingivitis.
What Is It? Your teeth are held in place by roots that extend into your jawbone. Front teeth usually have one root. Other teeth, such as your premolars and molars, have two or more roots.