Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions. Periodontal cleanings are necessary for patients who have a known history of periodontal disease, and need to be followed and their teeth professionally cleaned usually on a three or four month frequency.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition