Keeping your teeth clean and healthy with general dentistry should keep gum issues at bay. Regular checkups reveal oral problems including the onset of gum disease. If you are not getting regular checkups and it has been a long time since you have seen a dentist, you could have gum disease. Red, swollen and bleeding gums are an indication that you have a gum infection and possibly periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in older adults, though it can affect a person at any age. People do not realize that if caught in the earliest stages, gum disease responds very well to treatment. In advanced stages, more aggressive treatment is needed.