Preventing Gum Disease

Adults past the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and Periodontal Diseases is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily, and regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

FACTORS  IN PERIODONTAL DISEASE:

Smoking: Smoking is a risk factor for gum disease and oral cancer
Diabetes: Uncontrolled diabetics are at greater risk in developing periodontitis and oral infections.
Pregnancy/Puberty: Increase of sex hormones causes an increase of swollen, bleeding and inflamed gum tissue.
Stress
Genetics: Can act as a risk factor in periodontitis
Age: Increasing age is a risk factor for periodontitis
Clenching/Grinding: Parafunctional habits add in tooth mobility
Poor nutrition: Lack of vitamins and nutrients can cause gingival breakdown
Medication: Some meds can cause gingival growth and swollen tissues
Immune deficiencies