What Causes Gum Disease, Also Known As Periodontal Disease?
The primary cause for gum disease is plaque buildup. It’s important to remove plaque each time you brush and floss your teeth. Tartar, which is hard plaque, contains bacteria that can greatly irritate your gums, it can also break down the fibers that hold your gums tightly to your teeth, thus creating pockets that fill with bacteria. This in turn leads to infection, pain, and swelling. If not taken care of, your teeth could loosen and require removal.
Other factors that contribute to gum disease is, smoking, use of tobacco, clenching or grinding your teeth, pregnancy, unhealthy diet, diabetes, and genetics.
Can Periodontal Disease Affect My Health?
The short answer is, YES! People that have gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or find it difficult to control their blood sugar. If your pregnant and you have gum disease, you have a higher risk of to deliver preterm, low birth-weight baby.
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