Periodontal care means taking care of your gums and the bone that surround your teeth.  Periodontal disease can occur in the form of gingivitis (bleeding gums) and even worse periodontitis (loss of bone around your teeth) which can be a painful process which leads to tooth loss.  Taking care of your gums can be achieved by having regular dental check-ups and professional cleans and also taking the time to talk with your dentist about how to look after your gums between visits.  Sometimes medical conditions (e.g. diabetes) can exacerbate gum disease and in these instances it is particularly important to understand how to manage your gum health and also develop a long term plan.  After all, your gums are the foundation of your teeth and that is what’s holding your teeth in place.