Gum (periodontal) disease is more common than you may think — according to the CDC, almost half of American adults currently suffer from some degree of gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammatory disease around both the gums and hard structures that support the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease where your gums are swollen and bleed every time you floss. It’s good to know that with a combination of great home care and professional care, your gums can be restored easily. However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis which is a more serious stage of gum disease where you may experience infections, tooth loss, and even be at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Note that diabetes, tobacco use, a weakened immune system, and poor oral hygiene all increase a person’s risk for gum disease.