Gum diseases affect most people at some point during their lives. They are caused by the body’s reaction to bacteria that build up in the mouth and cause inflammation. There are two main forms of gum disease – gingivitis and periodontitis – and there are also peri-implant diseases that affect the gums and other tissues around dental implants.
Gum disease is linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions.
Maintaining healthy gums can help prevent other diseases and help you recover from them.