Posts for: October, 2017
Genetics can play a role in the likelihood of gum disease. Those with a family history should schedule regular visits to try and get ahead of it.
Medication can be a contributor to gum disease.
Poor oral habits
Poor care of teeth and gums can play a role in developing gum disease.
Age also plays a role in developing gum disease.
A link between diabetes and gum disease has been found in studies.
Things such as pregnancy, menopause, and other hormonal changes may be factors in developing gum disease.
Other factors include:
Poor fitting dental work
Do you need to visit the dentist?
In our last post, we explained gum disease and what signs to watch for. This week, we are going to look at what causes gum disease and ways to keep your mouth healthy.
Affecting almost 50% of adults over the age of 30, gum disease, or periodontal disease, is one of the most common chronic diseases. It was reported that over 65 million adults had gum disease during 2010.
We know the signs to watch for, but what causes gum disease?
It is widely believed plaque is the main cause of gum disease. Plaque is a bacteria that creates a film over your gums and teeth. This film occurs when starches and sugars combine with the bacteria that we have in our mouth. The problems begin to occur when these sugars and starches remain on teeth for an extended period of time. The bacteria can get under the gum line, harden and create tartar build up.
Brushing and flossing are crucial in combating plaque, but it is important to know that only a professional cleaning can remove tartar once it has been created. This is why it is important to visit your dentist for routine cleanings and exams.
Are you in need of a professional cleaning?
Periodontal Disease: Common Symptoms
You should understand the words “periodontal disease” and “gum disease” are used interchangeably. Periodontal disease is an infection in your gums which harm the soft tissue and also hurts the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontal disease may result in tooth loss and raise your likelihood of heart attack or stroke and may trigger other significant health conditions.
There are many forms of periodontal disease. Chronic periodontal disease is one of the most typical, which mainly impacts adults but can certainly affect young people as well.
It’s important to recognize that your oral health affects your whole health. It is necessary to understand that, the faster you seek treatment for gum disease, the better your chances are of fixing the damage. You will eliminate the uncomfortable problems, and prevent additional harm to your mouth.
To be sure you are not at risk for periodontal disease, visit your dentist. You should also be aware of any signs, including:
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums (teeth appear longer)
- Bad breath
- Bright red gums
- Tender gums
- Teeth that are loose
- New spaces between teeth
- Bad taste in your mouth even after cleaning or flossing
Periodontal disease is uncomfortable and will likely have greater health effects, but it is treatable.
Do you show signs of gum disease?
If you think you may have gum disease or are at risk, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian.