Periodontal disease or periodontitis is commonly known as gum disease. It is a common infection that inflicts damage on the soft tissue and bone that supports the tooth.
The name “periodontitis” means “inflammation around the tooth.” It is a condition wherein the surrounding area of the tooth is inflamed because of the existence of microorganisms such as bacteria that result in the damage of the gums. If not treated immediately, this condition can lead to tooth loss.
Bacterial plaque is a sticky, colorless membrane that develops over the surface of teeth. It is the most common cause of periodontal disease. If plaque is not removed, it can harden to form tartar or calculus.
Periodontal disease therapy helps a lot in managing the symptoms of gum disease. Practicing good oral hygiene also helps a lot in the treatment of this disease. If you are a smoker, it increases your chance of getting periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease therapy works but if not matched with proper oral hygiene and taking care of your overall health through quitting smoking and eating food that helps the teeth become stronger, it may be difficult or longer to treat gum disease.
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