Gum disease is a disease affecting the gums and bone that support the teeth. It is an infection in the tissue caused by a build up of bacteria.
Initially the gums get irritated through inadequate hygiene or other circumstance, then these irritated gum areas begin to pull away from the teeth they surround and form pockets between the teeth and the gums. The pockets then fill with bacteria, and eventually pus, which give off a foul odor. This is also known as periodontal disease.
As the disease progresses, it can lead to gum recession, bone loss, then tooth loss, and it can go systemic and affect other parts of the body. Google "the Mouth-Body Connection." As you will see, it can be a real threat to one's overall health.
Our regular hygiene appointments here at StarBrite Dental go over gum disease and the issues associated with it. If you are due for your hygiene appointment, don't wait until you have a problem that could lead to an extensive dental treatment, schedule now.