Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums which gradually destroys the support of the natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing helps prevent most periodontal conditions.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases (periodontal disease) than to cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.