Periodontal Disease or Periodontitis is an inflammation of the Periodontium (the tissue holding the tooth). If left untreated it can lead to bad breath and eventually tooth loss and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Since dental plaque is the principal cause of gum disease, treatment it is focused on plaque control. This is achieved through improved oral hygiene and the cleaning of the teeth and their roots to remove plaque and tartar from under the gums. The final objective of any treatment is to clean the gum pocket.