2018. Wow. Time marches on. So, is it time for a New Year’s resolution — how about taking care of your gums? If you’ve been skipping regular dental checkups because you don’t have any tooth pain, beware: you may have periodontal disease and not even feel it! Your gums and jawbone are just as important as your teeth for oral health, as well as your general health. Periodontal disease is now correlated with serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, strokes, ulcers and pre-term births.