Periodontal disease is the name for bacterial infections of the gums in the mouth. In most cases this disease is linked to poor oral hygiene. Some people however can have a genetic pre-disposition to the disease. The disease once initiated can progress more rapidly in people who have diabetes, especially if the diabetes is poorly controlled.


Periodontitis, or Pyorrhea, is a disease involving inflammation of the gums ...
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Periodontal Disease Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... In the earliest stages, periodontal disease causes few signs or symptoms, and you may not be aware of a problem until your gums become soft and bleed slightly when you brush your teeth. As the disease...
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... Periodontitis begins with plaque. This invisible, sticky film forms on your teeth when starches and sugars in food interact with bacteria normally found in your mouth. Although you remove plaque every...
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Periodontal Disease Prevention

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... The best way to prevent periodontal disease is a program of good dental hygiene, one that you begin early and practice consistently throughout life. That means brushing your teeth at least twice daily...
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Periodontal Disease Treatment

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... Having periodontal disease may put you at greater risk of a number of serious medical conditions: Heart disease and stroke. Having long-term gum disease may increase your risk of heart attack and stro...
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... Your gum tissue should fit snugly around each tooth, much as a turtleneck sweater fits around your neck. But when periodontitis destroys supporting bone and tissue, the metaphorical sweater stretches ...
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Periodontal Disease Other

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... "Frontier dentistry," that staple of grade-B Westerns, typically involves an old cowpoke, an aching tooth, and a pair of pliers. Although dental care has come a long way since then, millions of adults...
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