Periodontal disease, most often characterized by bleeding gums, is a widespread issue that commonly leads to tooth loss. It is caused by plaque bacteria that accumulate on the teeth, usually resulting from not having a thorough teeth cleaning. Modern dentistry provides many effective treatment options for different stages of this progressive disease.
Treating the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is often possible with just one professional cleaning and further attentive daily care. However, the more progressive stage is called periodontitis. It is usually accompanied by weaknesses of the connective tissue and bone. Teeth become loose and completely break down. Infected gums can occur at any age and only expert treatment is able to stop this painful process.