Gum Disease – Periodontitis

What is Gum Disease

“Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum 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” according to Mouth Healthy by the American Dental Association.

What Causes Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque that can cause inflammation of gums that leads to deteriorating tissue and bone supporting your teeth.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

The ADA recommends regular flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day to help prevent gum disease. According to Delta Dental, “Gum disease, along with most oral diseases, is almost entirely preventable. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With an oral exam, your dentist can potentially detect signs of more than 120 diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Early detection can make treatment easier, less costly and even lifesaving.”

Oral health is essential. Keep your regular dental appointments to help spot medical conditions that show symptoms in the mouth. Are your gums healthy? Schedule your next routine dentist appointment with Promenade Dental Care in Midtown Atlanta. You can call 404-607-6960 or schedule online at



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