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, which is a clear, sticky substance that your mouth produces.
Periodontitis is a severe type of gum disease that can't be reversed. Gingivitis is a type that can be mild to severe, but it can be reversed.
teeth and gums healthy can lower your risk of gum
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