70% of Canadians will develop gum disease at some point. It's the most common dental problem and can often develop quietly and painlessly until it's a significant problem.
Gum disease starts when plaque attaches to your teeth and is not removed by diligent brushing and flossing. It can then slowly harden into tartar. This them promotes gum disease which can vary from inflammation and bleeding of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious bone loss and gum recession (periodontitis)
The best way to prevent gum disease is preventative care at home and at the dental office. In addition to brushing and flossing, every few months, a dental professional needs to clean the harder tartar that builds faster in some people than others. This forms the basis of going in for a dental cleaning every few months - how often, depends on each person and how quickly the build up tartar and what their oral hygiene is like.