Gum Disease (periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because the disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems adults face, but gum disease can begin at just about any age. The disease often develops slowly and without causing any pain. Sometimes you may not notice any signs until the disease is serious and you are in danger of losing teeth. Periodontal disease is treatable at all stages; however, treatment is the most effective during the early stages. The condition is chronic and not curable.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, usually caused by a bacterial infection. If left untreated, it can become a more serious infection known as periodontitis. Gingivitis and periodontitis are major causes of tooth loss in adults, according to the American Dental Association. Dental infections can add up, with both your health and your wallet at stake. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Americans spent an estimated $111 billion on dental services in 2013.
As seen in the before and after photo below, there is hope and Periodontal disease is treatable. Ensure to establish a regular schedule of cleanings and checkups.