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If you don’t know how to combat periodontal disease, your chompers could be in grave danger. Periodontal disease, which affects virtually 50% of the population, is one of the leading causes of tooth breakdown, bloody gums and lost chompers. Here is a little summary on what causes periodontal disease, who is susceptible and what you can do about it.

Periodontal disease occurs once bacteria have made excessive amounts of plaque on teeth. When that plaque remains uncleaned for too long, it can toughen, forming tartar, resulting in a necessary cleaning by a dental professional. Left to sit, tartar will destroy the soft tissue of the gums and decay and loosen chompers.

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

Prevention is the number one strategy for battling gum disease. By brushing your pearly whites twice per day, 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 chompers healthy and your smile bright by calling our Dental Group of Anaheim office in Anaheim, California, at 714-635-5500 now to set up your next visit with Dr. Jee Lee.