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Periodontal Health

Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth.  The word periodontal literally means 'around the tooth'. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) cause the gums to become inflamed. 

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