Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria and plaque. Eventually, plaque can harden and turn into tartar, and gum disease progresses near the roots of your teeth. If left untreated, it can turn into an infection along the line of your gums.

Gum disease isn’t always obvious—many people have gingivitis (the beginning stage of gum disease) and aren’t aware of it. Without treatment, your immune system can attack the bacteria causing your gum disease, which creates an infection. Gum disease inevitably affects your teeth and could even lead to tooth loss! How does this happen?

An article by Dr. Samir Alaswad. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: HOW DOES GUM DISEASE LEAD TO TOOTH LOSS?