Periodontal disease is an inflammatory response in the gum tissue in reaction to the bacteria present in the mouth. This bacteria damages the supporting gum tissue and bone that surround the teeth. Signs of periodontal disease are red, inflamed, and bleeding gums, along with gum recession and bone loss. Once supporting structures are lost around the teeth, our body does not replace them, making it really important to diagnose it at an early stage. Periodontal disease also has an impact on overall health, playing a role in both diabetes and cardiac health, among others.