About Gum Disease
Gum disease is the general term used to describe the bacterial infection in the mouth and the damage that it causes to the gum and jaw bones resulting in bleeding, loss of teeth, increased systemic infections and many other problems. The CDC estimates that over 80% of American adults have gingivitis, a mild, reversible gum disease characterized by red, painful and swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed or flossed. If gingivitis is not addressed by improved oral care, it can progress into the more serious and non-reversible gum disease called periodontal disease or, more specifically, periodontitis which attacks gums, bone and the connective tissue that holds teeth in place, eventually loosening them to the point that they could fall out. It is also associated with many systemic problems such as an increase in heart attacks and moreincluding diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. The CDC estimates that 50% of the US adult population over 30 will develop periodontal disease.