Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Gum Disease Overview

Another name for Gum Disease is Periodontal Disease.

What is periodontal disease?
A person with periodontal disease has inflammation of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. The inflammation is caused by bacteria that are normally present inside the mouth. About 90 percent of the people in the US have some degree of periodontal disease.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include gum redness, gum swelling, painful gums, bad breath, dental pain, and a bad taste in the mouth. Symptoms of advanced periodontal disease may include fever, facial pain, facial swelling, and tooth loss.

How does the doctor treat periodontal disease?
Treatment for periodontal disease may include oral antibiotics, antiseptic mouthwash, good oral hygiene, and regular dental cleanings.

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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