Gum disease is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, gums become irritated and inflamed. This is the beginning stage of gum disease. In gum disease, the irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Bacteria move into the pockets where they continue to promote irritation and this advances the gum disease. Left untreated, the gum disease process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed. The early stage of periodontal gum disease is called gingivitis. It often results in gums that are red and swollen and may bleed easily.
Dr. Adam C. Hunt, DMD
132A E. Bloomingdale Ave.
Brandon, FL 33511
Phone (813) 689-4949
Fax (813) 689-7389
MON -THU 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed (Lunch) 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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