Gingivitis – mild inflammation of the gums indicated by bleeding during brushing and flossing.
Gum Disease – inflammation and/or infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. This is the major reason for teeth to shift, loosen, or fall out.
Periodontitis – the most serious state of gum disease where plaque has spread to roots causing infection and destroying the bone and gums that hold teeth in place.
Plaque – a sticky, colorless film of bacteria which covers the teeth. The bacteria transforms sugars and starches into harmful acids that attack tooth enamel, breaking it down and causing cavities.
Abscess – a very serious dental condition consisting of a pocket of pus which has formed at the tip of teeth roots and can lead to more serious infections if not addressed with immediate treatment. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.
Bad Breath – an unpleasant odor caused by leftover particles of food collecting bacteria between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums. Brushing, flossing and proper cleaning of dentures can help prevent this condition.