Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is generally painless, so you might not know you even have it but it is a very serious disease that can result in tooth loss and other health conditions.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the consequences of periodontal (gum) disease may include permanent tooth loss, higher risk of stroke and heart disease. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque. The plaque builds up on your teeth causing your gums to become red, swollen, bleeding and sensitive. Researchers found that the bacteria present in infected gums can travel in the blood stream reaching arteries causing arterial plaque which can affect blood flow.

If you have:

  • unhealthy smile, in which the gums pull back from your teeth
  • or bad breath that doesn't go away
  • or bleeding gums
  • or loose teeth
  • or a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite,

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