Assessing Your Risk for Gum Disease

March 5th, 2015 → 4:43 pm @

Gum disease—or periodontitis—is caused by infections resulting from the buildup of bacteria in the gum area. Signs of a periodontal infection include inflammation, bleeding, and loose teeth. While the primary cause is poor oral hygiene, the following factors have also been linked to gum disease.

Age Factors
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 percent of adults over age 65 have gum disease. Stress can also aggravate your risk of developing the disease, simply because—as with many other health problems—stress weakens the body’s ability to fight infection. It’s also been found that certain individuals are genetically predisposed to periodontitis, regardless of oral hygiene. If genetic predisposition is detected early, proper care can help an individual maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

Medical Conditions
There are certain medications that can negatively impact the health of your mouth, including heart medicine, anti-depression drugs, and contraceptive tablets. As such, it’s important to notify your dentist of any new medications prescribed by your doctor. Diseases that affect the inflammatory system—such as diabetes, arthritis, or heart disease—can also affect the gums. Simple bad habits can even play a role; if you grind your teeth regularly, the force exerted on the tissues of your mouth can damage the gum area.

Health Risks
One of the chief aggravating factors of periodontal disease is poor nutrition. A diet lacking of essential vitamins and minerals can weaken the immune system, which in turn makes it difficult for the body to avert infection. To that end, heavyset individuals fall into a high-risk category for periodontitis. Chewing tobacco and cigarettes have also been identified as prime aggravators of gum disease.

If you’re showing the symptoms of gum disease, contact Sanford Dental Excellence to schedule a checkup. We’ve treated patients from Lake Mary, Orlando, and Sanford for periodontal infections and other dental issues for many years. You deserve a comfortable mouth, a solid set of teeth, and a beautiful smile, so call us today at (407) 268-6409 to learn more about how we can help you.

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