Gum disease is a general term describing the inflammation and destruction of the tissue supporting the teeth, which includes Gingivitis and Periodontal disease.
The early stage of gum disease is Gingivitis. The major cause of this is plaque, a sticky layer of bacteria that builds up on the teeth, which can be removed by brushing and cleaning in-between the teeth. If the plaque is not removed it will harden and form calculus (tartar) which is more difficult to remove and can only be done so by your Dentist or Hygienist.
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a cause of significant embarrassment and concern to the sufferer as well as being unpleasant for those around them.
Approximately 30% of the population has chronic bad breath and 70% of the population notice it on other people.
Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of cases of bad breath begin in the mouth and not in the stomach.