What is gum (periodontal) disease?

The word periodontal means ‘surrounding a tooth’. Periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease) attacks the tissues, bone and ligaments supporting your teeth. It is the main reason of tooth loss in adults after 35 years old.

Poor oral hygiene, bacterial plaque, some systemic diseases and/or medications, and genetic factors are common predisposing factors in gum disease. Severe gum disease may result in bone loss around the tooth. Unfortunately bone and supporting structures around the tooth (Periodontium) have a limited capacity for regeneration following damage.

Hence, prevention is the key factor in maintaining healthy and functional dentition.


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