Have you ever noticed that your gums are red or swollen or bleed easily? Have you ever wondered why your gums are starting to recede or your teeth are starting to become loose? Do you think you may now have bad breath or mouth odor? If you answer yes to these questions, then you may be suffering from a painless and very common ailment of your gums and jawbone called periodontal disease, or gum disease. Gum disease should not be taken lightly because it is actually an infection that can lead to serious consequences, such as losing one or more of your teeth, or having the infection spread to other parts of your body. Since a strong immune system can be a very effective barrier against the germs associated with gum disease, it can be managed quite successfully with both proper nutritional intervention and appropriate dental care.