There has been a lot of discussion about gum disease and the conditions that it can lead to, but what exactly leads to gum disease? Recently, the website EmpowHer.com ran an article explaining how the bacteria in the mouth can go from bad to worse if people do not take proper care of their teeth.
When people eat, the food they consume forms plaque on their teeth. If that plaque is not removed through brushing and flossing then it forms tartar, which can only be removed by a professional dentist. This issue can lead to gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that can be fixed by going to the dentist. If left untreated, however, this condition can lead to periodontitis.
"With periodontitis, the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. And bacterial toxins start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. In such case, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth can be destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and/or have to be removed," according to EmpowHer.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that visiting the dentist regularly is important, because even with careful brushing and flossing harmful plaque can develop.
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