Nobody likes to think about losing their teeth, and the good news is, there are things you can do – simple things – to help prevent gum disease and preserve your oral health. But first, you need to understand a little bit about periodontal disease and how and why it develops.
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Periodontists are dental specialists who focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the varying stages of gum disease. They’re well qualified to do this because they undergo at least three years of further training after four years of dental school. Periodontal experts also have in-depth knowledge of how gum issues can damage general health. The most common cause of periodontal disease is inadequate brushing and flossing, which can lead to a build-up of bacteria-ridden plaque and tartar (hardened, calcified plaque) on the teeth and gum line.