Periodontal Disease: What is it?

by on September 6, 2017
Posted in Blog

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a chronic, inflammatory infection caused by the immune response to plaque-bacteria that irritates the gums.  The plaque associated in periodontal infections is very destructive.  A periodontal infection consists of many different types of bacteria, most of which are gram negative and anaerobic (don’t like oxygen).  Some of the most harmful bacteria found in periodontal pockets are called spirochetes.  The plaque hides beneath the gum line in areas referred to as “gum” or “periodontal pockets” and it can also be imbedded in calculus (tartar), or in the gum tissue itself.  Periodontal disease presents itself by showing clinical bleeding, and bone loss around the teeth.  The back teeth are usually the first to be effected by periodontal disease.  Some periodontal infections can be very aggressive, and other infections are mild.

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