Adults over the age of 35 lose more of their natural teeth to periodontal disease than from cavities. Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque, a colorless, sticky film that can harden into harmful tartar if not properly removed. Generally, daily brushing and flossing help gums stay healthy and keep plaque at bay, though some people are still susceptible to gum disease even with the most diligent hygiene routine. We use a diode soft tissue laser, which can remove plaque and debris below the gum line. For patients with moderate to severe gum disease, we may prescribe ARESTIN, a medication which will kill plaque bacteria that causes disease and decay.