Gum Disease, more formally knowns as Periodontal Disease, is an infection in your gum tissue or gingiva. This infection is caused by bacteria building up around the gums. Your dentist may refer to it as plaque buildup.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Since gingivitis is virtually pain-free, many people don’t even realize they are suffering from it. One key gum disease symptom is gums that bleed when you brush or floss.