Gum disease (Gingivitis/Periodontitis) is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, and one of the most prevalent diseases on earth. It has been correlated with heart disease, diabetes and other systemic illnesses. Although it can’t be “cured”, it can be controlled with proper brushing and flossing and routine visits with our excellent hygiene staff. At Bayside Dentistry, we perform a thorough periodontal exam and develop an individualized plan to keep your teeth and gums their healthiest. The best defense against gum disease is offense. Studies show that people who brush and floss live longer (and smile more!).