The Center for Disease Control has estimated that about half of all US adults suffer from some form of periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease. Regular cleanings can help remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and along your gum-line. If plaque is left untreated, the bacteria can cause infection in your gums and spread to the underlying bone tissue. The advanced forms of periodontitis can lead to tooth decay or even tooth loss, spreading infection to surrounding systems. Protect your oral health by scheduling your next cleaning today.