Oral health is a prerequisite for general health. A healthy mouth means a healthy you. Gum disease is the most common dental disease affecting a large percentage of the population, especially over the age of 40 years. Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Therefore it is essential to maintain the best possible gum health by visiting the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning.