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Gum disease (periodontal disease) occurs when plaque
is allowed to build up on the teeth and the gums (also called the gingiva).
Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that can be reversed. It causes red, swollen gums that
bleed easily when brushed.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
Current as ofFebruary 16, 2016
Current as of:
February 16, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
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