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Gum Disease


Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a common oral health condition that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, on the teeth and gums. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to inflammation, bleeding gums, bad breath, and eventually tooth loss.

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Gum disease can affect not only oral health but also your overall well-being. Effective management involves both individual oral hygiene practices and professional dental care to prevent its onset and progression. Regular brushing and flossing will remove plaque and prevent tartat buildup, while regular dental check-ups and cleanings help to further managet plaque and detect early signs of gum disease. For advanced cases, scaling and root planing may be necessary, while surgery may be warrented for the most serious cases of gum disease.

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Gum disease is caused by plaque accumulation, which harbors bacteria that produce toxins, leading to inflammation of the gum tissue. If not treated, it can advance from gingivitis to periodontitis, where the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets that may become infected.
Gum disease can lead to the destruction of the supporting bone and tissues, resulting in tooth loss. It can also compromise the effectiveness of oral hygiene practices due to swollen, bleeding gums, and the formation of deep periodontal pockets.

Overall health implications can include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Chronic inflammation from periodontal disease may have implications for systemic health, potentially exacerbating other inflammatory conditions


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