Gum disease is one of the most common diseases in the United States. It is a disease that has many different negative effects and causes symptoms such as swollen or red gums. Your gums will also be much more likely to bleed. In the beginning, it is called gingivitis and is usually not painful. Gingivitis is reversible if you visit the dentist and have them professionally clean your teeth. You also need to take good care of your teeth at home. There are many other things that can contribute to gum disease, these are things such as smoking, diabetes, aging, other diseases, stress and more. Talk to your dentist and they will be able to walk you through all of the different possibilities, and how to prevent them if possible.