Did you know that more teeth are lost due to gum disease then though tooth decay. Gum disease can strike anyone who neglects their oral hygiene or eats a poor diet. People with alcoholism, malnutrition, or AIDS/HIV infection or who are being treated with steroid drugs or certain cancer chemotherapies have a higher risk of gum disease. Women with tooth or gum problems are also more likely to give birth to premature babies. Seeing a dentist regularly and proper dental care habits are important in reducing your risk of gum disease and tooth loss.