Flossing and brushing can help get rid of plaque, but if plaque stays in your mouth, it forms tartar which can only be removed by a dentist or a hygienist. The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more harmful they becomes and may encourage the beginning of periodontal disease.
If not removed, plaque, tartar and bacteria can cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums.
If your gums are pulling away from your teeth, causing pockets to form that become infected, you may have periodontitis.
Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontal disease. Smokers, pregnant women, diabetics and people whose immune system is compromised are also vulnerable.
The earlier it is caught, the easier periodontal disease is to treat, with the main goal of treatment being control over the infection.
If you haven’t seen a dentist recently, and think you may have a form of periodontal disease, call our offices, today, for a consultation: 250-398-8411.