There are many ways to improve your health nowadays. Healthy eating, regular exercise and annual physicals keep our bodies running smoothly. Prioritizing oral hygiene and making regular dental checkups is just as important as watching cholesterol levels, but preventing periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is one of the most critical aspects of maintaining mouth health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every two Americans age 30 and over has periodontal disease. As common as it is, familiarizing yourself with periodontal disease symptoms is the first step toward prevention.
Gum disease has three main phases: gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. Although a dentist will be able to give you an offical diagnosis, it's important to recognize symptoms of each phase.