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One of the major causes of tooth erosion, tooth loss and cavities in adults, gum disease effects about half of the Americans over 30. So what exactly is gum disease? Learn a little about gum disease and what impacts it can have on you by reading below.

Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, gingivitis and periodontitis, is an ailment of the gums caused by excess amounts of bacterial acids swelling the sacks of gums around the pearly whites. Food leftovers and debris in the mouth attract bacteria which break the food down into bacterial acids, and these acids infect the gums. When the inflammation gets out of hand, your pearly whites can fall out. The bacterial acids are not good for your teeth either, and when they’re left unchecked, they can rupture the enamel layers of your pearly whites and rot away at the dentin layers, causing cavities. The best way to fight off gum disease is to brush your teeth twice per day and floss at least once daily, and you should also see your dentist regularly.

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