Steven B. Swanson, DDS | Periodontal (Gum) Disease in Grand Forks

NORTHERN PLAINS DENTAL

Steven B. Swanson, DDS

1323 2nd Ave N
Grand Forks, ND 58203
701-775-4289

Periodontal (gum) disease
 

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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, along with routine dental visits and professional cleanings, will prevent most periodontal conditions.

Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).

Periodontal Disease

Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition
 
 
 
Grand Forks Dentist | Periodontal (Gum) Disease. Steven Swanson, DDS is a Grand Forks Dentist.

Steven B. Swanson, DDS          1323 2nd Ave. N.          Grand Forks, ND  58203          (701) 775-4289