Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, that colorless and sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce byproducts that can irritate the gums, and if it is left alone for a period of time, it can cause serious damage to the bone and tissue structures that support the teeth. Periodontal disease is often slow and progressive, and it has many signs. At Prehn Dental Offices, our dentist, Dr. Frederick Prehn, and our team work to catch the early signs of periodontal disease to prevent it from developing or spreading. Should you develop gum disease in Wausau, Wisconsin, however, we also offer a variety of treatments to restore your oral health and maintain the disease. For more information about periodontal disease and to schedule your next appointment with us, please contact us today at 715-842-1270.