Periodontal disease, also commonly known as gum disease, is an inflammatory disease which degrades both the hard and soft structures which support your teeth. This disease is caused by sticky buildup of byplaque amassed on your gums and teeth. This is what is responsible for redness, puffiness and bleeding gums. Over an extended period of time, periodontal disease can cause your gums to recede away from your teeth. Pockets can eventually form trapping germs between the teeth and gums. This in turn weakens your bones and teeth.
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