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, a clear, sticky substance your mouth produces.
Gum disease may be mild (gingivitis) or severe (periodontitis). Keeping your
teeth and gums healthy can lower your risk of gum
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