Unfortunately, four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. As a result, this is the number one reason for tooth loss, but it doesn’t stop there. Research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease, and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk of harm during pregnancy. There is also a link between smoking and periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.