What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease (often called gum disease) is a spectrum of conditions affecting the gum tissues and support structures of the teeth. If left untreated, it can cause pain, bleeding, and even tooth loss. Ongoing research also continues to support the relationship of oral health to whole-body health. Recent studies have linked periodontal disease to a number of serious systemic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and even some types of cancer. Additionally, pregnant women with periodontal disease are more likely to experience problems during their pregnancy and give birth to babies with a lower birth weight