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What is periodontal disease (gum disease)?

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Periodontal disease is also called gum disease or periodontitis. It starts with bacterial growth in your mouth. Without proper treatment, it can make you lose your teeth if tissue that surrounds them gets damaged.

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American Academy of Periodontology.

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

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