Periodontal (gum) Disease
Gum (Periodontal) Disease is Sneaky
It is a gum infection that first appears as tartar, a hardened type of plaque, an opaque film that covers the teeth. Bacteria that harm the delicate tissue around the gums attack tartar as it builds up. This is gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis develops into periodontitis if it is not treated, and both the bone that supports your teeth and the tissue that surrounds them are eventually destroyed. There are very few early warning signs other than foul breath and bleeding gums. Before you know it, you are losing your teeth without understanding why, as the condition proceeds slowly and frequently without pain.
The Most Evident Sign of Gum Disease is Tooth Loss
Scientific studies have linked gum disease to diabetes, heart disease, diabetes-related stroke, and even an elevated risk for pregnant women. Your immune system is compromised when your gums become ill.