Periodontal disease is inflammation and/or infection of the gums, either referring to Gingivitis or in more serious cases it is called Periodontitis, it negatively affects the health of your teeth, mouth and overall physical health so it is important to identify it early and have your dentist look at your mouth regularly during the course of your life!
Signs and symptoms of Periodontal disease are sore, puffy, bleeding, receding and painful gums. In severe cases there may be wobbly or loose teeth, a loss of tooth volume and pus coming from your gums. These cases need to be seen immediately as they can be an indication of other diseases or the need for dental treatment or surgery.
To reduce the chances of gum disease and keep your mouth healthy it is best to follow your brushing and flossing guidelines as set out by your dentist which will generally be brushing well twice daily and flossing once daily. You may want to use an antibacterial mouthwash as well and it is good to stay away from damaging foods or sugary foods that can lead to tooth decay later on!