What Causes Poor Gum Health: Tips for Patients
By Dr. Ribeiro on April 10, 2017
There's more to a smile than healthy teeth. Having healthy gums is just as important. Gum disease and recession can affect the appearance of your smile and also have a negative impact on your dental health. As part of our commitment to comprehensive, state-of-the-art general dentistry, the team at our Clarksville practice are especially attentive when it comes to periodontal health.
We'd like to take a moment to consider the most common causes of gum disease so you know what risks are out there. We'll also offer some tips for preventing periodontal health issues that can make a major difference in your daily life.
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you do not brush and floss regularly, this can lead to a number of serious dental wellness issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease, gum recession, and root canal infection. This is why it's important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth every night. Ideally you should brush and floss after every meal. It's also important that you visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups.
Brushing and Flossing Too Aggressively
Sometimes the issue isn't a failure to brush and floss but rather brushing and flossing too aggressively. If you are too forceful while you brush and floss, this can lead to damage to the gums, making gum recession more likely. Always be gentle but thorough when you clean your teeth to protect yourself from these issues.
Smoking and Tobacco Products
If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, you are far more like to suffer from gum disease, gum recession, and tooth loss than non-smokers. Consider this yet another great reason to kick the habit for good. If you need help quitting, we can point you toward many resources that can be very helpful.
Poor Diet and Nutrition
If you eat an unhealthy diet that is rich in sugars and low in various vitamins and minerals, this can lead to the loss of teeth as well as a greater risk of gum disease and recession. Be sure to avoid junk food and excessive sugar consumption, focusing instead on fresh vegetables and fruits. It's also a good idea to stay hydrated with water through your day rather than having sugary sodas.
Diabetes and Obesity
Diabetes and obesity have been linked to a host of health issues, dental problems among them. Diabetics in particular are more susceptible to infections such as gum disease. If you are diabetic, be sure to monitor your blood sugar and maintain good health overall. This can promote good overall wellness and better dental health.
Changes in Hormones
If your hormones are out of balance, this can lead to an increased risk of gum disease. Adolescents and women who are pregnant often experienced an increased risk of gum disease. Some hormone fluctuations are unavoidable, so the best option for this issue is to ensure you practice good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing regularly.
Genetics and Family History
Some people may be genetically more likely to experience gum disease and tooth decay than others. If this is the case, it's important to be more attentive when it comes to dental wellness. Brushing and flossing every meal is crucial. Having a mouth that's fresh and clean all day can help prevent gum disease and gum recession.
Learn More About Advanced Periodontal Care
For more information about treating gum disease and how we can help you smile with renewed confidence and happiness, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. We are eager to help you have healthy teeth and gums for the years to come.
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