Gum disease is a very common cause of tooth loss in adults. Plaque and tartar build up on the teeth cause inflammation, and subsequent damage to gums and bone that support the teeth. If left alone, gum disease will cause bad breath, loosening of teeth, infection, and chronic gum pain.
Treatment of periodontal disease can stop the disease from worsening, and in some cases, reverse the damage helping to preserve the teeth for longer.
For more information please see our FAQ on periodontal disease.