Adults over 35 suffer more tooth loss as a result of gum disease than any other dental complication. Gum disease is caused primarily by plaque bacteria, a sticky, colorless film that adheres to the teeth and can harden if not removed. If left untreated, plaque forms tartar, and you may find your gums swelling, becoming red, or even bleeding as the teeth separate from the gums and deteriorate. Good oral hygiene habits are key to prevention, but some genetic and lifestyle factors also cause the development of periodontal issues. Our intervention is necessary, and we have several techniques to stop the progression of gum disease, including periodontal maintenance, gum disease therapy, laser therapy, and Arestin antibiotic applied to the gum pockets.