Gum disease or periodontal disease is considered a silent oral disease. This serious condition is a chronic infection of the mouth that can go unnoticed by patients for years. If untreated, it causes attachment loss (bone loss/gum recession) around teeth and eventually loss of teeth. Bleeding gums and bad breath are both signs that periodontal disease may be present. Recent research have highlighted a significant link between gum disease and other health issues like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Stabilization and control over this disease is a must in maintaining dental and overall health. For more information on treatment of gum disease, see our section on Cleanings and Periodontal Treatment.