About Gum Disease
If you have gum (periodontal) disease, you're not alone. Many adults currently have some form of the disease. It ranges from simple gum inflammation, called gingivitis, to serious damage to the tissue and bone supporting the teeth. In the worst cases, you lose teeth. Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends on how well you take care of your teeth and gums every day, from now on.
Generally, people don't show signs of gum disease until their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to develop it than women. Although teenagers rarely develop the severe disease, periodontitis, they can have the milder gingivitis.
Gum Disease Causes
Most commonly, gum disease develops when poor brushing and flossing habits allow ...