Periodontal disease is caused by the build-up of bacteria (plaque) underneath the gum which can cause your gums to recede. Over time, this bacteria can also cause your bones to degenerate which will cause your teeth to become more mobile. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for your bone to regenerate after gum disease and irreversible damage can be afflicted before you notice.
As such, it is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults and the elderly. Regular preventative check-ups and cleans allows us to see early signs and treat your gums accordingly.