Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colorless film that forms in the mouth) builds up between the gums and teeth. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed.
If left untreated, this inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to deteriorate. This can lead to gum recession or even tooth loss. In addition, research has shown that gum disease may be associated with other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, Alzheimer's, premature births, some cancers and much more .
Luckily, periodontal disease can be amost 100% preventable. Adding these habits to your daily routine can help.
Brush your teeth.
Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don't forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there
Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can't quite reach. For those who find floss difficult or annoying, try the simple to use PerioTwist.
Swish with a recommended mouthwash.
Using a recommended mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed. Ask dental professionals for a suitable recommendation.
Know your risk.
Age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with your dental professional.