Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which gradually destroys the bone supporting of your teeth. Bacteria are the primary cause of gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions. Periodontal maintenance visits are for patients who have known bone loss and require more frequent visits or referral to a specialist to keep the bone levels stable.
Important Factors Affecting the Health of Your Gums:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Learn more about periodontal maintenance through our ADA Patient Education library.