Gum Disease: What are the Causes?
Did you know over 65 million adults suffered from periodontal disease. And It affects almost 50% of adults over the age of 30
Gum disease is one of the most common chronic illnesses. We know that gum disease is very common and is linked to our overall health. We know the signs and symptoms.
But do you know what actually causes gum disease? Many researchers and doctors believe that plaque is the number one culprit for gum disease.
Plaque is a bacteria that produces a film on our teeth and gums. It is formed when sugars and starches in our food combine with the already present bacteria found in our mouths. If allowed to sit on our teeth for longer periods of time, it can harden under the gum line creating a tartar build up.
It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for exams and cleanings to prevent tartar build up and gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth at home is imperative in combating the build up of plaque, but only a professional dental cleaning can remove tartar once it is created.
Contact us today at our convenient Jackson periodontal office to set up your gum disease screening and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.