Periodontal disease is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, bacteria cause your gums to become inflamed. Inflamed gums can pull away from the teeth, forming spaces called “pockets” These pockets trap more plaque that cannot be removed with toothbrushing. If the pockets are not treated, the periodontal disease can get worse
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include: Smoking, Diabetes, Stress, Clenching and grinding teeth, Medication and Poor nutrition.
Periodontal disease can be treated with deep cleaning called “Scaling and root planning”. You may also need periodontal surgery. The regular cleanings recommended after those treatments are called periodontal maintenance therapy. The purpose of the cleanings is to preserve the progress you have made.
For more information about gum disease and periodontal therapy in Framingham, Massachusetts, and to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentists, Dr. Ali Maddahi and Dr. Medha Singh, call Orris Dental today at 508-270-6770. We are dedicated to helping you regain your oral health and smile.