Gum disease refers to infections caused by bacteria, along with mucus and other particles that form a sticky plaque on the teeth. Often, plaque that is left on the teeth will harden and turn into tartar.
Gingivitis is a mild kind of gum disease. It causes swollen, red gums and can additionally make the gums bleed extremely easily. Gingivitis may also be the result of plaque buildup and the longer the plaque and the tartar stay in contact on the teeth, the more harm can come of it.
The majority of gingivitis issues can be treated with daily flossing and brushing and regular cleanings every 6 months at the dentist‚??s office. This kind of gum disease does not lead to loss of tissue or bone around the teeth. If however, it is left untreated, gingivitis may advance to periodontitis. In this condition, the gums pull away from the teeth and infected ‚??pockets‚?Ě are created. You may also be losing supporting bone tissue at this stage. If you suffer from periodontitis, see your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. If left unchecked and untreated, your teeth may loosen over time and actually need to be taken out.
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