The Stages of Gum Disease
This picture shows a tooth in perfect health.
This picture shows the collection of plaque around the tooth. When plaque is not removed by proper brushing and flossing, inflammation of the gum tissue develops causing the formation of a pocket.
This picture shows the progression of gum disease. When left untreated, the inflammation causes the pocket to get deeper allowing the more plaque to collect and calcify (solidify).
This picture shows that untreated calcified plaque causes the destruction of both the bone and the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth.