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Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. It's caused by the growth of bacteria present in plaque, a clear, sticky substance your mouth produces.

Gum disease may be mild (gingivitis) or severe (periodontitis). Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can lower your risk of gum disease.

Last Revised: January 4, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry

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