Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colorless film that forms in the mouth) builds up between the gums and teeth. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed.
If left untreated, this inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to deteriorate. This can lead to gum recession or even tooth loss. In addition, research has shown that gum disease may be associated with other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, your oral health is our number one priority. Our skilled professionals are highly skilled and will take the time to listen to your concerns. Because our patient care extends beyond the walls of our practice and into your home, here we offer some simple tips you can incorporate into your oral care routine to help prevent periodontal disease.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
April 1, 2020
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