What is gum disease?
Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease, and it starts when plaque is allowed to build up on your teeth. The sticky plaque bacteria can cause damage along the gumline, eventually loosening the underlying structure of the teeth and leading to tooth loss. Certain medications, tobacco use, a poor diet, neglect of oral hygiene and other factors can make gum disease more likely. The best way to prevent gum disease is to have your teeth checked and cleaned by your dentist every six months.