Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is the 6th most common disease in the world. It is also a common complication in people with diabetes. But the good news is that it can be prevented and easily treated in the early stages of the disease.
Gum disease affects the tissues supporting your teeth, including the bone, and if untreated can eventually lead to discomfort when chewing and tooth loss. It is caused by a coating of bacteria on teeth (dental plaque), which continuously collects around the gum margin.