Periodontal disease– Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) seems innocent in the beginning stage, called gingivitis. Early symptoms include bleeding while brushing teeth, swelling of the gums, redness of the gums, or tenderness in gum tissue. By attending regular dental checkups every six months, you can avoid advanced gum disease. Our hygienists can teach you effective and easy brushing and flossing techniques or recommend a number of other adjuncts (tools) to deter plaque buildup, a primary cause of gum disease. These preventive measures will help preserve your gums for a lifetime of healthy smiles.