Nearly 75 percent of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease in the United States today. Many of them may not even know they have it! That’s because gum disease does not typically present any painful symptoms. Bleeding gums, inflamed gums and halitosis (bad breath) are common early signs of the disease. As the disease is allowed to progress, periodontal pockets, or spaces between your teeth and gums, begin to grow which allow additional plaque and bacteria to accumulate. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to irreversible damage to the gums and bone, and may lead to tooth loss. Of course, in the fight against gum disease, the best offense is often a great defense. Maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine that includes frequent brushing and flossing, the use of antibacterial mouthwashes, and bi-annual trips to our office for cleanings can help keep diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis from gaining a foothold in your mouth. Yet if you’re already are experiencing these problems, ...