Periodontal disease runs in my family. Is it possible for me to prevent it?
A range of factors contribute to the development of gum disease. While genetics do appear to be a component, other factors include:
- Smoking and other tobacco use
- Hormonal changes
- Immune deficiencies
- Medications that have a drying effect
The most common cause of periodontal disease, however, is poor home dental hygiene. Fortunately, this is something that is easy to address!
When plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, they irritate the gums, causing inflammation and the formation of pockets between the gums and the teeth. When infection develops in these pockets, this is the beginning of gum disease. Brushing and flossing according to Dr. Chad's instructions will keep plaque from building up on your teeth, and twice-yearly cleanings (or more often, depending on your specific needs) will remove any traces of plaque and tartar that do remain.
If you have a family history of gum disease or you have any of the risk factors for periodontal disease listed above, please let us know so we can create a comprehensive treatment plan that focuses on disease prevention or treatment. We'll work closely with you because we know that periodontal disease does not have to be a family legacy!
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