Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is caused by plaque buildup and can eventually lead to tooth loss. Indicators of gum disease include gum inflammation and bleeding. With regular dental checks and proper daily dental hygiene, you can apprehend gum disease before it progresses.
The causes of gum disease
Before we discuss how to protect your mouth from gum disease, it’s important to know what causes it in the first place.
- Hormones: the hormonal changes that occur in the body during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and menstruation make the gums particularly sensitive and susceptible to gingivitis formation.
- Illness: disease like cancer and HIV interfere with the immune system. Those with diabetes are at a higher risk of getting infections. In both situations the likelihood of developing periodontal disease and cavities is increased.
- Bad habits: Smokers are far more likely to develop gum disease because it is more difficult for the tissues in the mouth to repair.
- Bad oral hygiene: Those who do not make it a priority to brush twice a day, floss, and rinse with mouthwash are at a higher risk of getting gum disease.
- Family history: Some people are genetically predisposed to getting gum disease.
Hot to protect your mouth
If you are a smoker or use any tobacco products, stop doing so to protect your gums and teeth. Smokers are seven times more susceptible to getting gum disease than non smokers. High stress is also a contributing factor to gum disease. If you have a consistently high stress level, consider exercise, therapy, or meditation to help you cope better. Sustaining a healthy diet will also ward off disease forming bacteria. Eat foods high in vitamin E, vitamin C and antioxidants. If you have problems with grinding and clenching your teeth, visit your dentist. These forceful actions can put undue pressure on the supporting teeth and gums and can enhance the rate at which tissue is destroyed.
Arrange a consultation
If you have questions about gum disease and how to prevent it, call Agnini Family Dental today to arrange a consultation. You can contact our office located in Lakeland, Florida, at (863) 682-1500.