Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, wrecking more smiles than decay and injury combined. It's also a widespread condition; some dental experts think nearly all adults have it to some degree, with up to half having a severe enough case for the symptoms to be noticeable.
The good news is that gum disease is relatively easy to treat in its early to middle stages when it's given the name gingivitis. There need not be any lasting damage if caught early enough. What are the telltale symptoms for which to be on the lookout?