Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as “gum disease”, affects both the gum tissue and jawbone around teeth. Resulting from a combination of infection and genetic factors, periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 50% of American adults over age 30 have some form of periodontal disease. In adults over age 65, estimates increase to 70%. In addition, emerging evidence suggests that the infection and inflammation of gum tissue and bone around teeth can have links to other more serious health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory infections. Gum disease involves more than just your gums and is a serious risk to your oral and general health. Our doctors are periodontists, specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. To assess your risk for periodontal disease or to learn more visit the American Academy of Periodontology website - www.perio.org.