Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. It's caused by the growth of bacteria present in plaque, a clear, sticky substance your mouth produces.
Gum disease may be mild (gingivitis) or severe (periodontitis). Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can lower your risk of gum disease.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry|
|Last Revised||January 4, 2013|
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