The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque build up. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis can include swelling, sensitivity and bleeding f the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized as irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The Gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage but at this stage the results are not reversible. Advanced Periodontitis is when the fiber and bones supporting the teeth are destroyed. This may abuse teeth to shift or loosen, teeth may have to be removed depending on how advance the disease has become and treatment can be non-effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pack up a brochure or ask your dentist today.