Gum disease (periodontal disease) occurs when plaque is allowed to build up on the teeth and the gums (also called the gingiva). Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that can be reversed. It causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed.
Current as of: July 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry