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What is Periodontal Disease?

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Healthy gum tissue fits like a cuff around each tooth. Where the gum line meets the tooth, it forms a slight v-shapedcrevice called a sulcus.

In healthy teeth, this space is usually 3 milimetersor less. Theenlarged pockets allow harmful bacteria to growand make it difficult to practice effective oral hygiene. This causes an infection that affects the tissue and bone that support the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal diseasemay eventually lead to toothloss.

The most effective treatment for periodontal disease is preventative care. With proper oral care, the process of bacterial growth and infection can be reduced or even reversed. If you already have severe periodontal disease, Dr. Abide can provide treatment that addresses the issue before tooth loss occurs. Call (601) 713-2647 to schedule your appointment today.