Causes of Periodontal Disease
Your oral health is important. To keep your mouth in good working order, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. They also recommend flossing at least once a day. In addition to your daily care, the ADA recommends professional cleanings and exams twice a year. Skipping out on your oral care routine can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease, a serious oral health issue with significant consequences. At Bijan Family Dental Practice, we can help you to understand the causes of periodontal disease so you know better how to prevent it and what you can do if it forms.
Periodontal, or gum, disease is a progressive oral health condition that can have serious consequences on the health of your mouth and your overall health as well. When it begins, however, it does not seem like a big deal. In fact, most people do not even know that it is there. Periodontal disease starts with a buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth. These substances irritate your gums, causing inflammation. Inflammation causes the gums to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets. In addition to continuing to attack your gums, they also begin attacking your jawbone and periodontal ligaments. These structures weaken, causing your teeth to become loose and unstable. Bacteria can also enter into the bloodstream where they can travel throughout the body.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease can be caused by some different issues.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
There are several different treatments for periodontal disease. The type of treatment recommended depends on the severity of the condition. Treatments include
Understanding how periodontal disease can develop can greatly help you to reduce your risk and protect the health of your mouth. For more information, call Bijan Family Dental Practice at (714) 421-4494 today.