If you are suffering from periodontal disease, you are not alone. Many people experience some variation of periodontal or gum disease during their adult lifetime. Because everyone is at risk for this disease, brushing and flossing alongside general dentistry treatments are vital to keep you healthy. Because the pain at the onset of gum disease is minimal, it is often left untreated. Untreated periodontal disease can result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone structure inside your mouth. The worst case scenario is tooth loss. If you are concerned about your oral health care, taking action now to stop any further infection can help.
Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria mingle with mucus and food particles forming a sticky, glue-like paste called plaque. Routinely brushing and flossing can hinder the build-up of plaque, keeping tartar to a minimum. But, for those who have an abundance of plaque, left alone the plaque hardens, turning into tartar that brushing cannot clean. Only by visiting with a dental professional can tartar be remedied. Additionally, the longer this harmful bacterium lingers on the teeth, the more prevalent and harmful they can become, often resulting in gingivitis and periodontal disease.