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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

What Causes Periodontal Ligament?

Posted on 11/21/2022 by Dr. Boustany
What Causes Periodontal Ligament?A periodontal ligament is a soft tissue between your bone and teeth. The ligament is quite valuable for holding your teeth in a suitable position. The ligament contains collagen material and a potent neurovascular component. The first symptoms of periodontal ligaments include swollen gums, pain in chewing, or sensitive teeth. Some of the problems that can affect a periodontal ligament include:

Severe Gum Diseases

Severe gum disease destroys the bone and periodontal ligament. If the ligament is lost, bone destruction can occur, leading to a loose tooth and cannot offer adequate support to your teeth. The ligament is also very susceptible to inflammation, and regenerating is not easy. Gum disease should be early enough.

Poor Oral Health

Lack of brushing and flossing your teeth can cause the build-up of bacteria and plaque accumulation. Accumulation of plaque will produce acid that eats away your teeth and erodes your gum. Advanced oral disease can lead to the destruction of your jawbone and even the loss of the ligament.


Tobacco affects the bone structure of your teeth. In some severe chronic smoking can cause your teeth to become a loss. Tobacco has harmful chemicals that destroy your bones and ligaments. Quitting smoking or brushing your teeth as soon as you smoke is one way to protect your teeth and periodontal ligaments.

Poor Nutrition

Eating things such as gummies and candies. The sugars in such foods can cause various severe gum issues and even, in some circumstances, damage your jawbone and periodontal ligament. Eating healthy foods is the best way to ensure your teeth are healthy and avoid damaging your ligaments.

The best way to avoid periodontal ligament problems is to eat nutritious food, brush and floss your teeth, and eat healthy foods. You should also ensure that you visit your dentist regularly, who will identify any issues with your dental health early enough.

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