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Details of Gum Disease


At Lifetime Family Dental, we know you want a beautiful smile. You’ve heard us stress the importance of avoiding gum disease in order to maintain that smile. But what is gum disease, and how does it develop? By answering these questions and explaining the different types of disease, we hope to give you all the information you need in order to avoid gum disease entirely. That way, your smile can continue to be gorgeous for many years to come.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is inflammation of the gums. The bacteria that sit on your teeth and create plaque are the culprits behind its growth. Without proper prevention care, several types of gum disease can develop.

Types of Gum Disease

The bacteria that form plaque secrete a toxin that irritates the gums. The longer that bacteria is allowed to sit on your teeth, the more damage it can cause. The beginning stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which if untreated, can advance to periodontitis. If both these conditions are ignored, you may eventually experience tooth loss or other significant health problems.


The best line of defense to prevent gum disease is developing a good home oral care routine, and scheduling regular biannual dental cleaning visits with your dentist. For more information regarding gum disease, contact Lifetime Family Dental today.


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