Colgate Dental Health and Oral Hygiene Resource Center.

Colgate Dental Health and Oral Hygiene Resource Center. The Colgate Oral Health Center is a resource of information about oral hygiene, dental care, tooth whitening, gum disease, dental visits, flossing, gingivitis, cavities, oral health for seniors, dental treatments and other medical conditions.

Common Problems
Learn more about common tooth and gum problems, including cavities, gum disease and sensitivity.
Common Problems
Cavities
Plaque and Tartar
Gum Disease
Oral Infections and Disorders
Sensitivity
Bad Breath
TMJ/TMD: Temporomandibular Disorders
Bruxism/Tooth Grinding
Wisdom Teeth
Emergencies/Injuries
Dry Mouth
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What Are the Stages of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not removed through daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up and the bacteria infect not only your gums and teeth, but eventually the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. This can cause them to become loose, fall out or have to be removed by a dentist. MORE...