There are a lot of stories in the news lately about the association between oral health or gum disease and overall or systemic health conditions such as diabetes or stroke. Many patients are unclear… what is gum disease and how do I prevent it?
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. It is caused by the bacteria that constantly form on your teeth. If gum disease is not treated, it can lead to loss of bone and eventually teeth. Click here to read a great article from the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) to help clarify what causes gum disease and what you can do to prevent it.