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Periodontitis-Severe Gum Disease-How to prevent it

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is severe gum disease which not only affects the gum itself but also the supporting bone around a tooth. It is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. It can occur for unknown reasons in young people (juvenile periodontosis). Risk factors include diabetes, smoking and other generalised diseases.

What Does Periodontitis Do?

If left untreated it will result in the loss of the tooth. Poisons produced by bacteria in plaque, together with the body’s immune response to attack, are the major causes Unlike tooth decay it usually occurs on all teeth at the same time. Signs of periodontitis include, redness and swelling of the gum, bleeding and bad breath. In later stages teeth can become loose and fall out. It is painless until damage is severe.

What Do I Do To Stop Periodontitis From Happening?

Control dental plaque by:

  • Limiting refined sugar snacks
  • Brushing your teeth correctly at least 2 a day for 2 minutes each time.
  • Flossing once a day.
  • Using antibacterial mouthwashes daily.
  • Attending your hygienist and dentist for cleaning and checkups
  • If you use tobacco products seeking help to quit and quitting.

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