One of the most common problems adults face is gum disease. Gum disease can begin at any age and develops slowly without you even noticing any pain until the disease is serious. If gum disease is caught early it can be treated and in most cases can be reversed if in its early stages.
In its early stages, gum disease is very hard to see. You may not know that you have a problem. But every time you have a dental exam, your dentist looks for signs of gum disease.
Your dentist may use a dental tool called a "periodontal probe" to measure where your gums attach to your teeth. Healthy gums attach to teeth just below the edge of the gum. If your gums attach to your teeth below this point, it is a sign of gum disease.
If you get gum disease getting rid of plaque and tartar will give your gums a better chance to heal. The best treatment for gum disease is visiting your dentist regularly for cleaning treatment and also brushing your teeth at least 2 times per day and flossing to remove plaque.
Some signs to look for are: