Do you often hear of periodontitis but you’re still unsure about how it can affect you? We are ready to help you prevent and treat periodontal diseases to help preserve your natural teeth.
What is periodontology?
- Periodontology deals with treating diseases that affect the gums and other tissues that support the tooth.
- Treating periodontal diseases is extremely important because a diseased gum is the main cause of tooth loss.
What are the main factors that can cause periodontal diseases?
- Dental plaque is a fine white or light yellow film that forms on teeth after each meal due to food-borne bacteria. The dental plaque constantly forms on teeth and should be removed daily by regular brushing and maintaining of a proper oral hygiene. If it is not cleansed within the first 48 hours, the dental plaque begins to solidify, transforming after a week of not brushing it into tartar.
- Tartar is a hard, lime, yellowish or blackish substance, which is mainly formed at the gingival line. Over time, tartar causes gingivitis and periodontitis, a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss.
- Diabetes, pregnancy, puberty, and stress can also cause periodontal disease.
How can I prevent the accumulation of dental plaque and tartar?
- Don’t forget to brush your teeth two or three times a day, especially after meals. Make sure your brushing technique is correct by consulting with one of our doctors. Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months.
- Use interdental brushes or dental floss at least once a day.
- Make sure you have a balanced diet and avoid snacks and sweets between meals. If you still crave a snack, choose fruits, vegetables, cheese or yogurt and don’t forget to rinse your mouth with water after each snack.
- Schedule regular visits to our clinic to remove dental plaque and tartar with professional treatments such as brushing and cleaning or airflow.
Book an appointment
- Has it been more than 6 months since your last dental checkup? Book an appointment through our online form to get your dental health assessed by our dentists. Our team is ready to detect and solve your dental problems early. Left untreated, dental problems come with high costs in the future!