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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSteven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry