At McKim and Platt Dentistry of Eugene, Oregon, we are all too familiar with diagnosing and treating gum disease. Gum disease occurs when the tissues around your teeth become infected, and it is one of the most common causes for tooth loss amongst adults. The problem with gum disease is that you can have it without experiencing any pain or discomfort. According to the American Dental Association, 47.2% of American adults over the age of 30 suffer from chronic gum disease. In fact, people don’t tend to exhibit signs of gum disease until they are in their 30’s or 40’s.