If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you're not alone. An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue, the tooth's root surface and the bone around the teeth. Periodontal diseases range from swollen gums to severe bone loss. In the worst cases, this results in tooth loss. The main cause of Periodntal Disease is bacterial plaque; a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If this bacteria is not removed daily, it will build up and start periodontal infection. This infection is usually painless. Beyond its earliest stages, this infection needs to be treated professionally.
Dr. James L. Johnson