Periodontitis causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Periodontitis occurs when inflammation or infection of the gums (gingivitis) is untreated or treatment is delayed. Infection and inflammation spreads from the gums to the ligaments and bone that support the teeth. This causes teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Periodontitis is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. In 2003 30-60% of Europe’s adult population had medium to severe periodontitis! That’s a whole lot of people with missing teeth! This disorder is uncommon in childhood but increases during adolescence.
It’s important to start children on a routine early, making flossing habitual. The best way to start a routine is by making a plan. Making the routine easier for by combining flossing with a nightly routine can make it easier to remember. Put the floss out on the bathroom counter so it can be seen when doing other things. Writing it down in a daily diary or food diary can motivate on the basis of completing a target, just like drinking water every day.
Without flossing plaque and tartar accumulate at the base of the teeth. This causes inflammation forming a pocket between the gums and the teeth, that fills with plaque and tartar. Swelling soft tissue traps plaque in the pocket. Continued inflammation eventually causes destruction of the tissues and bone surrounding the tooth. Because plaque contains bacteria, infection is likely and a tooth abscess may also develop, which increases the rate of bone destruction.
Regular oral hygiene is the best means of prevention. This includes thorough teeth brushing and flossing, and regular professional dental cleaning. The prevention and treatment of gingivitis reduces the risk of development of periodontitis. A hygienist can help in understanding the best method of flossing and tell review progress in keeping teeth and gums healthy. Because honestly, would you rather have your teeth look like this:
Or like this:
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