Posted .

If you don’t understand how to combat periodontal disease, your pearly whites could be in serious danger. Gum disease, which affects virtually 50% of the population, is one of the foremost causes of tooth decay, bloody gums and lost teeth. Here is a little breakdown on what causes periodontal disease, who is at risk and what you can do about it.

Periodontal disease occurs once acids have developed too much plaque on teeth. When that plaque remains untreated for too long, it can harden, making tartar, resulting in a needed cleaning by a dental professional. Left to sit, tartar will destroy the soft tissue of the gums and decay and loosen teeth.

Risk factors for gum disease include smoking, diabetes, genetic susceptibility, stress, grinding or clenching chompers, advanced age, certain medicines affecting oral health, poor diet and obesity. Men have an increased likelihood of developing gum disease compared to women. Advanced plaque or tartar build-up elevates susceptibility of forming periodontal disease.

Prevention is the number one strategy for combatting periodontal disease. By brushing your pearly whites two times daily, flossing once per day and visiting our office for checkups and cleanings regularly, you’ll be victorious in the battle against periodontal disease. Please keep your pearly whites healthy and your smile bright by calling our John Lee, DDS office in Fresno, California, at 559-439-9621 now to schedule your next visit with Dr. John Lee.