Gum disease can be caused by a number of factors, but poor oral hygiene is the most common cause.
The mouth is full of bacteria that combine with saliva to form a sticky film known as plaque, which builds up on your teeth.
Other bacteria in plaque can also irritate your gums, making them inflamed and sore.
The two main stages of gum disease are:
See your dentist if you have swollen or bleeding gums or are worried about anything to do with your mouth. Getting treated early can help save teeth affected by gum disease.
Today with so many successful treatment options available for gum disease, losing teeth doesn’t have to be your next step with an unhealthy gumline.