Periodontal disease is a severe gum infection that can slowly deteriorate the guns, underlying bone, and teeth. Periodontal or gum disease is mostly caused by poor oral hygiene but can be triggered by certain risk factors discussed later in the blog.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, as reported by WebMD, nearly 30% of the American population are susceptible to gum disease due to genetics. So, if a close family member suffers from periodontal disease, you are at a higher risk of developing it sometime in your lifetime.
The causes of periodontal disease are many; here are a few:
The treatment for periodontitis depends on the stage of infection and overall health. The treatment options are:
While a few of the ways to prevent periodontitis is to avoid habits such as smoking, keeping illnesses such as diabetes in check, and consuming nutritious food, the two most important ways to prevent gum disease are:
If you have swollen or red gums, gums that bleed, bad breath, loss of teeth, painful chewing, pus between teeth or gums, or receding gums, visit the dentist as soon as possible to get yourself treated by a dental professional.
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