Keeping your gums healthy is a large part in overall dental health, and can often be the origin for dental problems. After reaching the age of 35, adults actually lose more teeth to periodontal disease, or gum disease, than to cavities! Periodontal disease is not an uncommon affliction in today’s society, with over 75 percent of adults affected by some stage of periodontal disease in their lives.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is usually caused by dental plaque. How dental plaque affects somebody can vary greatly from person to person. We have learned that your genetic makeup can be a large factor in your susceptibility to dental plaque and periodontal disease. Fortunately, these genetic differences can be prevented with regular brushing and flossing.
Yes! Periodontal disease can affect your dental health greatly. As your gums recede from infection, this can cause teeth to loosen and even fall out. There have been studies that have shown those with chronic periodontal disease have up to a 70% higher chance of getting dementia later in life. The bacteria caused by dental plaque buildup and allowing a disease to fester unchecked in your mouth, so close to your brain, can be a very dangerous situation.
Plaque is an issue that dogs you from the moment you’re born. It is always forming on your teeth. Plaque is microscopic germs and needs to be brushed and flossed away daily and regularly. If left unchecked, periodontal disease can quickly arise from plaque buildup. When plaque is not removed regularly, it solidifies into what is commonly known as tartar. Dentists refer to this as calculus. This substance is much harder to remove and why you should always schedule a teeth cleaning at least a couple times a year. There’s no better feeling than having freshly cleaned teeth!
The health of your gums is greatly affected by many outside factors including:
By brushing and flossing daily, you can avoid many of the problems associated with periodontal disease. To ensure you are the most well protected that you can be, we recommend regular examinations and professional cleanings. Even with a strict regiment of daily brushing and flossing, it is not uncommon for someone to still develop a periodontal disease. When you have periodontal disease, the examination and treatment by a professional is required to prevent it from spreading and causing painful and costly damage.