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PERIODONTITIS (GUM DISEASE)

Category: General Dentistry

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue gingiva and destroys the bone supporting the teeth. It can cause loss of teeth and an increased risk for a heart attack or stroke. Periodontitis is usually a result of poor oral hygiene.


Signs and symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red or purplish gums
  • Gums that feel tender upon touch and bleed easily
  • Spaces developing between teeth
  • Bad breath, bad taste in mouth
  • Loose teeth