Over 70% of adults have a form of gum disease.
The term gum disease refers to a range of conditions involving the supporting tissues of the teeth. During its earlier stages, it only affects the surface tissues which can be seen in the mouth. This condition is called gingivitis. It is usually caused by bacteria accumulation which then forms plaque and tartar near the teeth. This causes inflammation in the gum tissues. As a result, the gums become weak and bleed easily. That is why your gums bleed every time you eat or brush.
If not given appropriate gum treatment, gingivitis proceeds to become a more severe gum disease called periodontitis. This now involves the deeper tissues such as the ligaments, the root surfaces, and even the jawbone. Periodontitis is a very serious condition. It can proceed to further complications like receding gums, abscesses, trench mouth, tooth loss, and bone loss.