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Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which can destroy the support of your natural teeth.
Dental plaque is the most common cause of gum disease and can be prevented mostly with daily brushing and flossing.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adult patients over 35 years of age lose more teeth to gum disease than from cavities. Three in four adults are affected by gum disease at some point in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and gum disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.
Gum disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless, sticky film that adheres to your teeth at the gum lime. From eating and drinking various items, plaque is constantly forming on the teeth, and must be removed by brushing or flossing daily. Failure to remove plaque can result in gum disease, a hardening of the plaque (called tartar) or other dental detriments.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
The bacteria in plaque can produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell or bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums can separate from the teeth, causing pockets to form. As gum disease progresses, the gum tissue and bone that holds your teeth in place can deteriorate. If left untreated- this can lead to tooth loss or structural damage.
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, people still can develop some form of a periodontal (gum) disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention from Herald Square Dental is necessary to prevent its progress.