Periodontal disease is an infectious an inflammatory disease which destroys your gums and teeth-supporting bone structure. Periodontal disease affects 3 out of 4 adults and is caused by a growing colony of living bacteria known as “plaque”. The greatest cause of adult tooth loss is periodontal disease.
In the early stages of periodontal disease, there is little, if any pain; therefore, you may not notice the gradual onset of puffiness and occasional bleeding. Without thorough removal, toxins from plaque cause the disease process to continue. Periodontal disease left untreated may result in extensive bone destruction and possible tooth loss. If detected in the early stages, periodontal disease can be treated and controlled.