Gum disease (aka Periodontal or Gingival disease) is what harms the gums and bones that hold our teeth in place. When plaque stays on your teeth for too long, tartar forms. Tartar can’t be remove by you and I. You can remove it with flossing and brushing regularly. Only a dentist can remove it. Tartar removal is covered under all California Dental Insurance Plans. If left untreated it can lead to gingivitis, a red swollen gum that bleeds easily which allows the teeth to pulling away from the teeth forming pockets that become infected. If not treated, the infection can ruin the bones, gums and tissue that support your teeth. You know what happens next right? In time the teeth loosen requiring you to visit a dental office to get them removed. The best way to avoid this is to visit a dentist regularly. If you belong to a dental insurance plan the cost will be significantly less.