Gum (Periodontal) Disease
The first stage in gum disease is called gingivitis. This is a reversible situation. However, if ignored, gingivitis will most likely lead to periodontitis. This is a very serious and destructive gum disease. Since it is possible to have gum disease but not realize it, it is critical that everyone have regular dental check ups.
Treatment methods will vary depending on the type of gum disease and the stage of damage. Brushing at least twice per day, flossing between teeth, eating a balanced diet, and scheduling regular dental check ups will get you well on your way to avoiding periodontal disease.