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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Awareness Month

February 20, 2018.Individuals.#dental health

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a leading factor in tooth loss and is also associated with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The main cause of periodontal disease is harmful bacteria found in the plaque that accumulates on teeth. The disease can range from a mild stage, known as gingivitis, to a more severe stage, known as periodontitis. Prevention, and in some cases reversal, of the disease is possible by maintaining good oral health habits and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. According to the American Dental Association, the following risk factors contribute to the development of periodontal disease, and the following warning signs may help identify the condition: Tobacco (smoking or smokeless) Systemic diseases like diabetes Medications like steroids, specific types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs and some calcium channel blockers Poor fitting bridges Crooked teeth Defective fillings Pregnancy or oral contraceptives […]

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