Gum disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, periodontal disease) is the most frequently contracted disease of the oral cavity, can lead to a serious infection of the oral cavity and cause the loss of a large number of teeth. The first sign of periodontal disease is gingivitis (inflammation of the gum). It is caused by plaque build-up around the teeth. Unhealed gingivitis can become periodontitis, when this advances, a large area of ​​the bone is affected and lost, resulting in teeth losing their base and becoming weak; in many cases of advance periodontitis a large number of teeth need to be removed.

Periodontal disease affects not only the health of your teeth and gums, toxins from the plaque may have a negative effect on your heart, and are also associated with the progression of Alzheimer's disease, pulmonary disease, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular diseases.