The Causes of Periodontal Disease

The Causes of Peridontal Disease

If left untreated, periodontal disease can often lead to tooth loss. It’s something that attacks the gums with early telltale signs being irritation and inflammation of the tissue that supports the teeth. This is the result of plaque building up over time, resulting in infection. This infection can lead to deep pockets forming between the teeth and gums, further damaging your gums and jawbone, leading to tooth loss. So, what can trigger periodontal disease and how can you combat it?

Dental Care & Hygiene

When brushing, flossing and attending regular dental check-ups are neglected, plaque and tartar can build up leading to gingivitis and periodontitis. It’s vital that you take your time while brushing and always visit your dentist/hygienist twice a year for regular check-ups. By doing so, you keep your teeth, gums and smile healthy and glistening!

Smoking

Recent studies have shown that smoking and general tobacco use are two of the main factors that lead to the development of gum disease. Smokers also experience a much slower recovery time period, as blood doesn’t flow as freely to the mouth and gums as a nonsmoker. They are also far more likely to suffer from a buildup of tartar.

Teeth Grinding

Clenching or grinding your teeth can do lasting damage to the tissue that supports them. This can lead to a “bad bite”, where the person is suffering from gum disease in additional to the damage of gingivial tissue due to grinding. Your dentist can recommend using a nightguard to prevent grinding at night.

Treatment & Solutions

If treated promptly, the effects of gingivitis are quickly reversible and will avoid the long term damage of gum disease. This can be done by attending regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist, who can spot the early warning signs of gum disease and recommend treatment.

Worried about your dental health? Why not call in today for a quick check-up or contact us on 01 286 3787 or info@thefriendlydentist.ie to arrange your appointment!

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