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Periodontal disease, or infection of the areas around teeth, develops because of the bacteria found in dental plaque. Basically, if dental plaque is left to build up too long on teeth and especially around the gum line, the gums will begin to deteriorate, and the disease begins to form. It can also spread to other structure of the mouth such as the cementum that covers the roots of the teeth, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone.

Luckily, periodontal disease is very preventable and doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds, because our dentist, Dr. Austin Babcock, is always here to help you. Furthermore, our team at Sedona Dental Arts in Sedona, Arizona, is well trained and understands the risks and preventative measures that can be taken to avoid developing gum disease in the first place.

There are many things that can contribute to periodontal disease, some of which are unavoidable, however, some can and should be sidestepped as a preventative measure. Genes, smoking and tobacco use, misaligned or crowded teeth, teeth grinding, stress, fluctuating hormones, some medicines, other diseases, and poor nutrition are among the factors that can increase the risk of periodontal disease.

As you can see, there are many ways in which you could be at risk for gum disease, but there are also many ways to lower the risk. Eating right and relieving stress are just some of the ways that periodontal disease may be avoided. If you have any questions or concerns about periodontal disease or any other oral health matter, please call our capable team at (928) 282-1514. We are always here to help you with all of your dental needs.