Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of your soft gum tissues. As the disease worsens, bacteria forms pockets between your teeth and gums. As the bacteria multiplies, it will spread and work to destroy your gums and bone, causing your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Gum disease is very common, it affects over 60% of adults to varying degrees, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. What surprises our patients is learning about the link between gum disease and other health problems. Medicine has noted the parallel between gum disease and heart attack, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, low-weight births, and more, our mouths are a link directly into our bodies and infection affects other areas. We know that the best way to avoid and maintain gum disease is to attend regular cleanings and checkups, as well as daily brushing and flossing at home.