Gum Disease is also called Periodontal Disease. Gum disease is a degenerative disease with adverse relationships to heart disease, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes and stroke. Most people go to their dentist to have their teeth cleaned and, sadly most dentist and hygienist may not do probing for gum pockets on a yearly basis. A gum pocket is the distance between the gum and tooth. It should not bleed on probing or be deeper than 3 mm in depth then the conclusion is a pocket is forming. Without probing, it is impossible to tell if one is present. When the area bleed, organisms get into the blood stream and the rest of the body is exposed to the organisms which then contribute to adverse health issues.
For decades, gum disease has been diagnosed and treated in various ways. They may be: