Periodontal disease (gum disease) develops when plaque, a sticky biofilm comprised of bacteria and food particles, hardens on the surface of your teeth. The longer plaque remains on teeth, the more harmful it becomes. The bacteria in plaque causes inflammation of the gums, a condition referred to as “gingivitis.” Patients suffering from gingivitis find their gums become swollen, red, and easily bleed. While gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing and by scheduling regular cleanings by our staff of dental hygienists at Glow, when not treated, it can progress into periodontitis which means your bone is deteriorating. Gums will follow the bone resulting in gum loss or recession.