Periodontal disease (sometimes referred to as gum disease) is a
bacterial infection of the tissues and/or bone surrounding the
teeth which affects an estimated 50-75% of American adults.*
When left untreated, periodontal disease is the number one
cause of tooth loss. Most people are unaware that they have
this serious infection as the signs and symptoms of this disease
are often silent. Others may experience the following
symptoms: bleeding gums when brushing, flossing or eating
hard foods; red, swollen or tender gums; exposed roots or "long"
looking teeth; loose teeth; pus between the gums and teeth; sores
in the mouth; bad breath; teeth that do not fit together when
biting or chewing; or a change in the fit of partial dentures.
*According to the American Academy