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One of the main causes of tooth erosion, tooth loss and cavities in adults, gum disease can be found in about half of the Americans over 30. So what exactly is gum disease? Learn a little more about gum disease and what effects it can have on you by reading below.

Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease and periodontitis, is a disorder of the gums caused by surplus amounts of bacteria swelling the tissues of gums around the teeth. Food leftovers and food remnants attract bacteria which break the food down into bacterial acids, and these acids infect the gums. When the inflammation gets out of hand, teeth can fall out. The bacterial acids are not good for your pearly whites either, and when they’re left unanswered, they can rupture the enamel layers of your teeth and rot away at the dentin layers, triggering cavities. The best method to battle off gum disease is to brush your pearly whites twice per day and floss at least once per day, and you should also see your dentist frequently.

If you need a visit in Clark, New Jersey, phone Dr. Danielle Kelner and the Kelner Periodontics LLC staff at 732-587-6740. The staff would love to see you in our office again soon!