What is gum disease?
Periodontal or gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Why? Because the initial symptoms usually go unnoticed. By the time a person notices a loose tooth or starts getting abscessed, it may be too late to save the tooth.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Watch for gums that bleed when brushing, red, swollen or tender gums, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, or gums that are pulling away from the teeth.
How can gum disease be prevented?
Periodontal or gum disease can be prevented by brushing well twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly - ideally every six months or the interval recommended by your dentist -for a preventive checkup and professional cleaning.