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The world of periodontics is something you should be aware of.

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It’s hard to believe that organisms as small as bacteria can cause such damage to your teeth. But it's true!

Those poor souls who visit our blog occasionally will probably know that we have a bit of a soft spot for boxing, and like nothing better than to stay up late for one of the regular Sky BoxOffice bouts that punctuate the sporting year.

So last Saturday, we were to be found ensconced in front of the telly as James DeGale and Badou Jack squared up in a world super-middleweight title unification fight in New York. We’ve always had a soft spot for DeGale since he became Olympic Champion, and we were very firmly rooting for the Englishman.

The fight was an absolute thriller, with both men distinguishing themselves at various stages of the fight. Eventually, the bout was declared a majority draw. This meant that the two best 168lb fighters in the world both kept their belts.

We wonder, however, if the judges would have declared the fight a draw if they’d known the damage that DeGale had suffered. In the post-fight interview, he told the television audience that he had suffered a perforated ear-drum – and also lost his two front teeth. And to prove the point, he gave us a big, gap-toothed smile.

We’re writing about this by way of making the point that our teeth are very, very durable – unless you come up against a world-class boxer!

This should mean, in theory, that your teeth will stay with you for life, but sadly this is not true. And one of the main reasons for this is periodontal disease – also known in common parlance as gum disease.

The root cause of periodontal disease is bacteria. And while these are too tiny to attack the hard surfaces of the teeth, they go to work on the gums, undermining the support structures of your teeth. In a worst-case scenario, you’ll lose perfectly healthy teeth simply because your gums were in trouble.

The entire science of periodontics relates to the supporting structures of the teeth, and when you visit your dentist with gum problems, he’s bringing this expertise to bear.

Thankfully, there’s a very simple preventative measure that you can take to prevent gum disease – brushing and flossing regularly, and making sure that you choose toothpaste or mouthwash that have an anti-bacterial property.

Do this twice a day and you should be in the clear, but if you neglect your oral care regime on a regular basis, you can be heading to serious problems such as a periodontal abscess or, eventually, loss of teeth.

And trust us when we say that prevention is a lot less expensive and time-consuming than cure. So make 2017 the year that you really get stuck in to your daily dental care regime. If you leave them alone, bacteria can double every twenty minutes, so the more often you brush or gargle, the less time they have to breed.

If you think you may be experiencing gum disease – whether in its early stages or in a more serious form, perhaps you'd like to read a bit more on this topic? Tiu can start your search right here - http://www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/causes/periodontaldisease.html