Contributing factors of periodontal disease

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There’s several factors that contribute to or aggravate periodontal disease:

  1. Plaque which is not removed daily may build up and harden to form dental calculus (tartar).  Calculus builds up above and below the gums and cannot be removed by a toothbrush.  While it remains the teeth cannot be properly cleaned.
  2. Some conditions can make existing periodontal disease worse. For example, poorly controlled Diabetes Mellitus, or cigarette smoking may  worsen periodontitis dramatically. Immune disorders may manifest themselves as gum problems.
  3. Poorly shaped or finished fillings, some partial dentures, and some  crowns and bridges can make it very difficult to remove plaque.