What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Caring for your smile at home isn’t just about keeping issues like cavities at bay. In fact, making sure your gums remain healthy is vital for avoiding complications like adult tooth loss. But what causes gum disease, and what can be done to protect your smile from home? Your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist has a few ideas!

Understanding the Factors Behind Poor Gum Health

When we don’t care for our smiles as we should, this could allow plaque buildup to begin coating the teeth. Over time, plaque begins to irritate the gum tissues, leading to inflammation, also known as gingivitis. As gingivitis grows more severe, the tissues could actually pull away from the teeth to form pockets. Bacteria entering these pockets causes periodontal disease. Other factors behind inflammation include a family history of poor gum health, smoking cigarettes or the use of other tobacco products, or inflammatory illnesses. Warning signs of trouble may include soreness, redness, or even bleeding in the gums when you brush and floss.

Better Homecare Solutions

First, take steps to reduce plaque buildup, which not only helps prevent inflammation but also keeps cavities at bay too. Start each day and end each evening by brushing your teeth for two minutes using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You also need to floss every evening, moving the tape up and down each side of every tooth. This removes the food particles bacteria could break down to create plaque. You can also deprive harmful bacteria of sugary and starchy particles by eating a better diet. Cut back on candies, sweets, and chips. Instead, add more fresh fruits and veggies, nuts and cheeses, and yogurt to your diet. Drink plenty of water too, and avoid the temptation for a soda, energy drink, or sports drink.

When to See Our Team

When restrictions lift and you notice your gums still feel sore, look red, or bleed easily, let us know. We will examine them and may perform a scaling and root planing to remove the buildup from the teeth. Afterward, regular cleanings every four to six months could help safeguard your smile and prevent periodontitis, the advanced stage of periodontal disease that is linked to adult tooth loss. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Any Questions About Periodontal Health?

We want to help protect smiles of all ages from issues like cavities or even periodontal disease. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.