Preserving Healthy Gums
Periodontal diseases are infections that target the gums, gradually eroding the support structures for your natural teeth. These conditions come in various forms, each requiring specific treatment approaches.
Among individuals with genetic susceptibility, dental plaque stands as the primary culprit behind gum disease. Luckily, daily brushing and flossing can help prevent most periodontal issues.
The Crucial Role of Oral Hygiene
Did you know that adults over 35 are more likely to lose teeth due to gum diseases, such as periodontal disease, than from cavities? Approximately three out of four adults experience gum issues at some point in their lives. The most effective strategy for preventing both cavities and periodontal disease is practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques daily.
Both periodontal disease and tooth decay share a common origin: bacterial plaque. Plaque is a transparent film that adheres to your teeth, primarily around the gum line. It continually accumulates on your teeth. By diligently brushing and flossing, you can eliminate these bacteria, significantly reducing the risk of periodontal disease.
Numerous factors can accelerate periodontal disease development, although it primarily stems from the bacteria residing in dental plaque. This sticky film, if not consistently removed through daily brushing and flossing, can solidify into a rough, porous substance called calculus or tartar.
Other Factors Impacting Gum Health
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Poor nutrition
Understanding Periodontal Disease
The bacteria within plaque generate toxins that irritate the gums, leading to redness, swelling, and easy bleeding. Prolonged irritation can cause the gums to detach from the teeth, forming pockets or spaces.
As periodontal diseases progress, the supportive gum tissue and bone that anchor your teeth deteriorate. If left untreated, this ultimately results in tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
The most effective way to prevent gum disease is by maintaining a rigorous daily oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing and flossing. Regular professional examinations and cleanings are also essential.
However, even with diligent at-home dental care, some individuals may still develop various forms of periodontal disease.
When this happens, professional intervention becomes necessary to halt its progression. Whether you have periodontitis or gingivitis, don’t wait too long to look for professional treatment.
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