Periodontal diseases are various infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing can prevent most types of periodontal conditions.
Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth.
If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus, or tartar.
Important Factors Affecting the Health of Your Gums
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, many people still develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is required to prevent its progress.
For more detailed information on Periodontal Care or schedule an appointment at our Webster NY dental office, contact the Harborside Dental team today and we’ll be happy to help. We can be reached by phone at 585-671-2720 or via email through our website’s contact page.