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Periodontitis: Causes

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Periodontitis: CausesWhen it comes to periodontitis, its development usually begins with the buildup of plaque between the teeth and gums. This is caused by not brushing your teeth or flossing regularly. The result is poor oral hygiene, which is the main cause of gum disease and other oral conditions. Here, we are going to take a look at some of the most common causes of periodontitis.

Formation of Plaque in the Teeth

One of the main causes of periodontitis is plaque. This is caused by sugars and starch in the food that interacts with bacteria that is commonly found in the mouth. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily could prevent periodontitis from spreading. Also, flossing daily helps move the plaque that gets stuck between the teeth. But, plaque tends to form quickly, which is why it is recommended to pay a visit to your dentist at least once every few months to have your teeth professionally cleaned.

Plaque Hardens into Tartar Under the Gum Line

When a person does not brush at least twice a day or floss daily, plaque tends to harden into tartar or calculus under the gumline. Tarter is filled with bacteria and is far more difficult to remove from the teeth as compared to plaque. Since tartar is difficult to remove with brushing or flossing, it is recommended to seek the help of a dentist for professional cleaning to remove the buildup of tartar between the teeth.


Gingivitis is considered to be a milder form of gum disease. It is an inflammation and irritation of the gum tissue that is present around the base of the teeth or gingiva. The good news is that gingivitis can be treated with the help of professional oral care.

At Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, Dr. Brian Pitfield and are always ready to answer your questions on periodontitis, their causes and the treatment options available. Call now at (601) 255-9929 to schedule your appointment today.

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