Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, that constantly forms and sticks to your teeth at the gum line. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Preventing and Treating 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 periodontal disease. If professional intervention is necessary there are non-surgical and surgical options to prevent its progress.