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If you don’t know how to combat gum disease, your teeth could be in serious danger. Gum disease, which affects virtually 50% of the population, is one of the foremost causes of tooth breakdown, bloody gums and lost teeth. Here is a small breakdown on what causes periodontal disease, who is susceptible and what you can do about it.

Periodontal disease occurs once bacterial acids have developed excessive amounts of plaque on pearly whites. When that plaque sits for too long, it can toughen, creating tartar, resulting in a needed cleaning by an oral professional. Left to sit, tartar will damage the soft tissue of the gums and decay and loosen teeth.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include smoking, diabetes, genetic susceptibility, stress, grinding or clenching chompers, advanced age, certain medicines affecting dental health, poor diet and obesity. Men have an increased chance of developing gum disease compared to women. Advanced plaque or tartar build-up elevates susceptibility of forming gum disease.

Prevention is the number one strategy for combatting gum disease. By brushing your pearly whites twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting our office for cleanings regularly, you’ll be triumphant in the battle against periodontal disease. Please keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright by calling our First Dental office in Dodge City, Kansas, at 620-225-5154 now to pencil in your next checkup with Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler.