What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is also known as Gum Disease and is defined as:
Peri - meaning around
- dontal meaning tooth
Disease is any damage or injury that impairs an organism's function
What Causes Gum Disease and Gingivitis?
The tissues and supporting bone around a tooth may be attacked by specific bacteria, this may cause the teeth to become loose and cause tooth loss. These bacteria can cause a gum infection, which is different than the bacteria that cause a cavity.
The specific bacteria that cause Gum Disease, Gingivitis, and Periodontal Disease are Anaerobic bacteria. This means that they can only survive in an environment without oxygen.
This is why flossing and brushing your teeth daily is important. You remove the debris, disrupt the biofilm forming, and allow oxygen to reach the pockets between your gums and teeth. 3.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
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My education consists of a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in Business Administration & Art. Since then I have taken classes in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, and microbiology to pursue a career as a dentist; I studied to apply for dental school but was unable to pursue it due to medical reasons.