Infections of the gums is known as Periodontal Disease. It gradually destroys the support of natural teeth. This disease requires different treatment approaches. The primary cause is dental plaque in genetically susceptible people. Most periodontal conditions are prevented by brushing and flossing every day.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35. Good brushing and flossing techniques that are done daily is the best way to prevent both periodontal disease and cavities.
Bacterial plaque causes periodontal disease and decay. Plaque sticks on your teeth at the gum line because it is a colorless film. It’s constantly forming on the teeth. By brushing and flossing everyday, these germs are removed and can help prevent periodontal disease.
A number of different factors can speed up periodontal disease. It’s mostly caused by the bacteria that’s in dental plaque. If someone doesn’t daily brush, plaque can harden into a rough and porous substance known as tarter.
Other factors that can affect the health of your gums:
- Poor nutrition
- Clenching and grinding teeth
The bacteria that is found in plaque can produce poisons or toxins that bother the gums, which can cause them to turn red, bleed easily, and swell. If the irritation happens for a long time, the gums can separate from the teeth. That causes pockets (spaces) to form. The supporting gum tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place starts to break down as periodontal disease progresses. Tooth loss is the result when this disease is left untreated.
Preventing Gum Disease
Daily brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease. Regular professional exams and cleaning also help.