Gum Disease: What are the Causes?

Friday, November 6, 2015

 

Almost 50% of adults over the age of 30 suffer from periodontal disease.  Gum disease is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting over 65 million people!  

Gum disease is an extremely common disease and can affect not only our oral health but also our overall health. In our last blog post we reviewed the signs of gum disease but do you know what causes periodontitis? Dr. Lechner and many doctors agree that plaque is the most common cause of gum disease.

The reason plaque is so dangerous and cause gum disease is that it produces a film on our teeth and if left untreated, can become tartar build up. This is formed when sugars and starches from our food mix with the plaque already in our mouth. 

The best way to prevent plaque and tartar build up is to have good oral care habits. This includes brushing and flossing at home in order to remove the plaque and tartar. Additionally, maintaining regular dental check ups will give you a better chance to maintain a healthy mouth.

Contact us today at our convenient Delaware dental office to set up your screening and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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