It’s scary to consider, but every part of the body is prone to disease in some way. The mouth is no exception, but there is a piece of good news to remember: if you can recognize the signs and symptoms of gum disease in its early stages, you can take strategic measures to restore health to your mouth and prevent your gum disease from progressing.
Early Gum Disease: Gingivitis
Gum disease, formally known as periodontal disease, begins in the form of gingivitis. Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of gingivitis since skimping on brushing and flossing allows plaque to build up on the gums and in-between the teeth. That plaque eventually hardens under the gumline and turns into tartar, which attracts bacteria and cause irritation along the gumline. As a result, gingivitis is defined by red, swollen gums that bleed easily. [Read more…]