Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) affects 75% of adults. The severity of the disease can range from inflammation of the gums to more severe forms that result in tooth loss due to tissue and bone damage.
You’ve likely heard your dentist mention “plaque.” Plaque is the build up on teeth, caused by bacteria, mucus, and particles. When plaque isn’t removed by brushing and flossing, it hardens and becomes tartar, which can only be removed by professional cleaning.
Other factors that may contribute to periodontal disease include smoking, genetics, hormonal changes in females, and certain illness and medications. To learn more about what can increase your risk of periodontal disease, talk to your dentist.
If you experience any of these symptoms, mention your concern to your dentist.
Periodontal disease can be prevented by brushing, flossing, regular dental visits, and a healthy diet. Health Perch, a digital health magazine, recently published a Healthy Mouth infographic that demonstrates how to keep your teeth healthy as you age. View their infographic below for tips on brushing, flossing, snacking.