This is an infection and inflammation of the gum and bone around the teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque and calculus which adheres to our teeth. It is a disease which causes irreversible damage to the supporting structures of the teeth. The sooner it is treated the better the long-term prognosis of the teeth. It is normally a painless infection which can develop without you being at all aware of it. If your dentist diagnosis you as having this disease you will normally be referred to out in-house Periodontist so that it can be rectified as soon as possible. Treatment will involve the removal of all the bacteria stuck to your teeth below the gums.