Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” Periodontal disease (gum disease) affects over 75% of the adult population. Periodontal disease ranges from mild gingivitis to the severe periodontitis. Signs of periodontal disease are gums that bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth, recession making your teeth look longer, and inflammation causing redness in your gums. Periodontal disease does not cause any discomfort until it has reached the severe stage when treatment becomes more complex. The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health and your overall health. Periodontal disease has been associated with adult onset diabetes, coronary heart disease, and strokes. If you have any symptoms, you should seek a professional evaluation and conservative treatment. Please call our office for a complete examination that includes a periodontal evaluation.