Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? If so, you could be one of the 80% of Americans who have some form of gum disease. Plaque, which is a soft, sticky and colorless film of bacteria that forms on your teeth, is the main cause of gum disease. When plaque is not removed from your teeth daily, it will cause your gums to become red, tender and swollen in addition to bad breath. Other signs of gum disease include receding gums, pain when chewing, calculus or tarter build up, changes to your bite, and loose teeth. If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment for a dental exam. Dr. Bill Kincaid and his hygienists, Heather and Courtney, can help treat your gum disease and maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.