Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a dangerous gum infection that harms soft tissue and, if left untreated, can kill the bone that supports your teeth. Its pronunciation is per-e-o-don-TIE-tis. Periodontitis can result in tooth loss or tooth loosening.
Although widespread, periodontitis is usually avoidable. Usually, poor dental hygiene is to blame. Your odds of successfully treating periodontitis and lowering your risk of developing it can both be considerably increased by brushing and flossing at least twice a day, twice a day at night, and by scheduling routine dental exams.
Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fit snugly around teeth. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis can include: