What causes periodontitis?

Periodontal disease has been shown to be around 50% genetic. The way our bodies respond to the presence of bacteria is different from one another. People who have a genetic predisposition to periodontal disease need help to ensure that they are removing plaque and bacteria optimally so bone loss around teeth doesn't progress.

Periodontitis is caused by dental neglect. Plaque that builds up on your teeth from a lack of brushing and flossing hardens after a few days, and can begin to do a lot of damage to your mouth. Then bacteria can build up and invade your gums and the bony structures underneath, causing periodontitis.

Periodontitis (gum disease) is caused by bacteria. The bacteria form plaque, a film that enables them to attach firmly to the surface of your teeth. When this plaque spreads below the gums, the toxins released by the bacteria irritate the gums. The body responds with immune cells and chemicals intended to fight the bacteria. But these can also attack healthy tissue, breaking down the gum and bone to which the teeth are attached.

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