Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film that forms easily on your teeth and sticks to them on the gum line. Plaque that is left on your teeth only takes 24 hours to turn into calculus, or tartar, so it is very important to brush your teeth after each meal. With the proper care at home, you can help prevent periodontal disease and control plaque formation. However, regular dental visits are the only way to ensure that you are effectively removing all the plaque from your teeth.
Periodontal disease occurs when the bacteria in the plaque produces toxins, causing your gums to become irritated, swollen, and even bleed easily. When the irritation is allowed to continue without treatment, the gums can separate from the teeth and form a pocket for more bacteria to enter. The supporting gum tissue and bone that holds your teeth in place start to break down and tooth loss becomes very common. If you suspect you may have periodontal disease, it is important to get treatment right away.
Periodontal disease can be accelerated by a number of different factors, including:
- Clenching and grinding your teeth
- Poor nutrition
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental visits. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home care, people can still develop some form of periodontal disease. If you suffer from periodontal disease, we can help. We have treatment options available to help get your periodontal disease under control. Give us a call and get your healthy smile and gums back today!