Have you noticed that your gums are red, swollen, or bleed easily when you brush and floss your teeth? If so, you may have gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is reversible when it is treated properly, but can progress to a more serious condition called periodontitis. If gum disease is allowed to progress untreated, it can lead to pockets forming around the teeth and gums that become infected, and eventually destroy supportive tissue and bone. In addition to oral health consequences, gum disease has been connected to other systemic diseases such as diabetes and even heart disease. In this infographic from Maple Avenue Family Dentistry, a periodontist in Barrington , you’ll learn more about the symptoms of periodontal disease, how it can affect your overall health, and what you can do to protect yourself. Please share with your friends and family.