Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases and dental fractures than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and Periodontal Diseases is by daily thorough tooth brushing and flossing techniques and regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people who are genetically prone may develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.