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If you don’t know how to combat periodontal disease, your pearly whites could be in major danger. Gum disease, which impacts nearly 50% of the population, is one of the leading causes of tooth corrosion, bloody gums and lost teeth. Here is a tiny summary on what causes gum disease, who is at risk and what you can do about it.

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

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

Prevention is the number one strategy for combatting gum disease. By brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing one time per day and visiting our office for cleanings regularly, you’ll be triumphant in the fight against periodontal disease. Please keep your chompers healthy and your smile bright by calling our White Oak Family Dentistry office in Granada Hills, California, at 818-363-7484 now to set up your next visit with Dr. Robert J. Luszczak.