At the Root of the Problem
Chances are you have a solid routine when it comes to oral hygiene. Brush, maybe floss, gargle, repeat. And you should continue to do all of those things because they help protect the seal your gums provide to the bone anchoring your teeth in place.
Gum disease, which affects over 50% of all adults, refers to a bacterial infection that broke that seal and lies below the surface of the gums. It slowly burrows itself deeper and deeper until it becomes a chronic condition that can't be cured.