Over the coming months I will discuss several of the common (and not so common) aspects of maintaining optimal dental care.
This series of posts will concentrate on the most common cause of tooth loss in adults – periodontal (gum) disease.
Your teeth are supposed to last a lifetime! Unfortunately, periodontal disease affects millions of Australians and most do not even know that they have it.
The main cause of periodontal disease (and dental decay) is bacterial plaque – a sticky, colourless film of bacteria.
Other causes of gum disease include smoking, genetics, pregnancy/menopause, stress, medications, clenching and grinding teeth, and diabetes.