Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on the teeth and harden.
Similarly, you may ask, what kind of health problems can bad teeth cause?
The inflammation continues unless the infection is brought under control. Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe gum disease, known as periodontitis. Inflammation can also cause problems in the rest of the body.
Which diseases or disorders affect the mouth?
Diseases that Affect Your Mouth
- Diabetes. People with diabetes have a higher risk of infections in the mouth from bacteria, viruses, yeast, and fungi.
- Sjögren's syndrome.
- Other conditions.
What medications can cause dental problems?
The most common types of medications that cause dry mouth include:
- High blood pressure medications (including diuretics, calcium channel blockers, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors)
- Pain medications.
- Parkinson's disease medications.