Woman with jaw painGum disease is one of the most common chronic illnesses. Over 65 million adults suffered from periodontal disease and of those, almost 50% of adults are over the age of 30.

We know that gum disease is very common and is linked to our overall health. We know the signs and symptoms.

But what actually causes gum disease?  Plaque is a bacteria that produces a film on our teeth and gums. Many researchers and doctors believe that plaque is the number one culprit for gum disease.

If allowed to sit on our teeth for longer periods of time, it can harden under the gum line creating a tartar build up. It is formed when sugars and starches in our food combine with the already present bacteria found in our mouths.

Brushing and flossing your teeth at home is imperative in combating the build up of plaque, but only a professional dental cleaning can remove tartar once it is created.

It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for exams and cleanings to prevent tartar build up and gum disease.

Contact us today at our convenient Sidney dental office to set up your cleaning and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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