Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Dental plaque, or biofilms, that form on your teeth are the primary cause of gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from any other reason. About 75% of all adults have some signs of gum disease. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good oral hygiene performed daily.
Periodontal disease and cavities are both caused by dental plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
- Genetic factors