All gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the surface of your teeth. If plaque is not removed through daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, the bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums causing gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth mobility and tooth loss.
There are two main types of gum disease which can affect children or adults. These are gingivitis and periodontitis.