The buildup of plaque and calculus (tarter) on teeth is one of the most common cause of dental problems. Most of us know that poor oral hygiene can cause decay, but many adults and even adolescents experience diseases of the gums and bone that support the teeth. Periodontal disease - often called gum disease - is almost always without symptoms until it has become so serious that many teeth will be lost as a result. The best treatment for periodontal disease is prevention, but there is treatment available for active periodontal disease. New evidence suggests that this disease is likely a manifestation of a more serious, and even life threatening, systemic disease. Proper brushing and flossing and regular checkups and cleanings are the best ways to prevent periodontal disease. Keep your mouth as healthy as possible with regular cleaning, checkups and care from Rocky Mountain Dental Care.