About Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a slow and stubborn bacterial infection that occurs in gum tissue, around the roots of teeth, and in the jaw bone. As dental plaque gathers on and around the surfaces of teeth, the bacteria found in plaque attacks teeth and gums.
If left untreated, gum tissue turns red and swollen, bleeding easily and the roots of teeth weaken. Eventually, teeth no longer have the necessary structure to stay in the mouth. In addition, periodontal disease has been linked to many serious and long-term conditions, including:
- Pancreatic Cancer