Gum disease usually strikes later in life, but even so, we want to help patients of all ages protect their smiles from this common condition. Why? Because gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. What's more, recent studies have shown that patients with gum disease are more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses. But with regular dental visits and a daily brushing and flossing routine, you can give your smile the protection it needs to stay healthy.