Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth, which can lead to inflammation and infection of the gums.
To prevent gum disease, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also important to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that may have accumulated on your teeth.
Other ways to prevent gum disease include avoiding tobacco products, eating a healthy diet, and managing any underlying health conditions that may increase your risk of developing gum disease, such as diabetes.