Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly.
Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are
keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Some diseases and conditions can
make dental disease and tooth loss more likely.