Periodontal Disease, also called Gum Disease is mainly caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar build-up on teeth.
Signs of Gum Disease include
Recent studies suggest gum disease may contribute to or be a warning sign of potentially life threatening conditions such as Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes.
How to prevent Gum Disease
Proper brushing and flossing is the easiest and best way to reduce/prevent gum disease, but regular cleaning / scaling with your dentist are necessary to remove Tartar.