Periodontitis does have a number of root causes attributed to it but whatever the cause, proper oral hygiene is a very important part of treatment and prevention.
Genetics, diabetes and certain medications have been linked as contributors of periodontitis. Some of the known causes that we have more control over include smoking, stress (may result in dry mouth) and poor nutrition.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) includes both gingivitis and periodontitis. Both conditions are serious and characteristic of chronic bacterial infections that affect the gums and bone supporting your teeth.
Frequent and proper brushing and flossing are the keys to reducing the severity of either of these conditions and the intensity of the bad breath that can result from them.
Typically gingivitis shows itself with red gums that are swollen and bleed often. Gingivitis is the milder form of periodontal disease and is usually treatable with professional assistance and good home oral care
Periodontitis is characterized by the following principles:
1. bacteria and the host's immune response cause the disease;
2. the disease is chronic in nature and cannot be cured; and
3. we cannot remove all of the offending plaque for you.
Periodontitis is more severe than gingivitis and requires more intensive treatment. Periodontitis, if left untreated, can result in the permanent loss of teeth and may require surgical treatment. The fact that periodontitis cannot be cured does not mean that it cannot be treated effectively. Regular or more frequent visits are important.
If you suffer from periodontitis there are some things you should know about the condition and what you need to do keep it under control
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