Healthy gums don’t bleed! Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround your teeth and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is painless, you may not know you have it. Some of the warning signs of gum disease are bleeding, sore or swollen gums, and bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. It is caused by plaque, which is a sticky bacteria that forms on the teeth. Some of the things that increase your chances of developing gum disease are: smoking, poor oral hygiene, crowded or crooked teeth, and diabetes. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it can be reversed with a professional cleaning, regular dental checkups, and good home care.
– from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)