What Causes Gum Disease?
- Posted on: Oct 30 2018
You may have heard that soda and candy aren’t very good for you, but they’re also not very good for your teeth. The sugar from these sweets is good at sticking to the teeth, and causing cavities and Periodontitis (gum disease) over a period of time. If you’re worried about gum disease, then keep reading to learn about it and how you can fight it.
What causes gum disease?
Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease today. Plaque comes from the food we eat, and it sits on the teeth until we brush or floss it away. If we don’t have good oral hygiene habits, plaque can turn into tartar, which is a harder substance that can only be removed with dental instruments. Plaque and tartar can then lead to gum disease if left untreated for a time.
Other factors may contribute to gum disease. Disease or illness that affects your immune system may increase your likelihood of developing gum disease.
What does it do?
Tartar can form underneath the gum line (called calculus), where it can start causing trouble. This tartar contains bacteria that irritates and inflames the gums, and the longer it sits on the teeth and under the gums, the more problems it can cause. In extreme cases, deep infections in your mouth can cause you to lose teeth.
How can I prevent gum disease?
By far, brushing your teeth properly is key to preventing gum disease, and the best way to prevent Periodontitis. Brush gently every morning and night to remove plaque before it becomes tartar. Flossing is also key in removal of plaque that can sit between the teeth. Your dentist can help you prevent Periodontitis with regular cleanings, too.
Drinking plenty of water also encourages a healthy mouth with healthy gums. Water can help wash away the plaque that is sitting on your teeth in between brushings, and your mouth can operate properly when it’s hydrated.
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