What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal health is about taking care of the gums and jaw bone that support the teeth. Periodontal disease occurs when destructive bacteria found in dental plaque organize beneath the gum line and cause inflammation as the body tries to fight off infection. (This is why your dental hygienist always recommends flossing; cleaning between the teeth and gums helps to disrupt this bacteria and weaken it.)
If left undisturbed, the bacterial process develops into a serious infection and continues its work, destroying connective tissue and the underlying jaw bone. When bone is destroyed, teeth will become loose and eventually fall out.