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Gum Disease

Gum or periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease caused by bacteria in the mouth that attack the gums, bone and ligaments supporting the teeth. This disease affects most people at some point during their life, and can be present without you being aware that you have an infection.


Refers to the earlier form of gum disease where there is inflammation of the gums. This usually arises when plaque or tartar build up on teeth, which act as reservoirs for harmful bacteria. Common signs of gingivitis include:

  • Bleeding gums, particularly after tooth brushing or flossing
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth


Periodontitis can arise from untreated gingivitis and has been linked to several other health problems such as heart disease. In this condition the infection spreads from the gums into the surrounding bone and ligaments. Common signs include:

  • Inflamed gums (bleeding, redness, swelling, or tenderness)
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Gum shrinkage
  • Loose teeth, which eventually may result in tooth loss
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