Barrhavensmiles | Gum Disease

By: Barr Haven Smiles  09-12-2011
Keywords: teeth, oral health

Gum Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease affects three out of four adults at some time in their lives. It doesn't necessarily hurt and you may not even be aware that you have it until an advanced stage. Many people do not realize that periodontal (gum) disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. This disease affects the gums, bone, and other supporting structures of the teeth. If not treated, it can cause the loss of even cavity-free teeth. Although periodontal disease is common, it can be prevented. In most cases, it results from neglect or improper care of the mouth. You can avoid the needless loss of teeth to this disease by understanding what causes it, learning and practicing good oral health habits, and seeking regular professional care.

Keywords: oral health, teeth

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