Periodontitis is a gum infection that gradually disrupts the natural support of your teeth. There are different types of periodontal conditions, and the treatment for each requires a unique dental approach. Dental plaque is the leading cause of most periodontal conditions.
At Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard, we recommend consistent oral hygiene and regular dental examinations to prevent periodontal diseases.
Importance of Oral Hygiene
Gum disease is the primary cause of tooth decay in adults. On average, three out of four adults are likely to be affected by periodontal conditions at some stage.
Both cavities and gum disease are caused by bacterial plaque in the mouth. Plaque is a colorless sticky film that develops from the food residue or bacteria stuck to the teeth and gums. Regular brushing and flossing are good oral hygiene practices to prevent periodontal diseases and cavities, but they may not be enough if plaque has already developed below the lining of your gums.
Various factors, like genetics and diet, can accelerate periodontal diseases. However, plaque is one of the primary causes of gum diseases. If left untreated, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance called tartar or calculus, which can cause complex periodontal issues.
Regularly visiting your Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard can allow you to maintain periodontal health and prevent complications.
- Constant grinding and clenching
- Poor nutrition