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5 Major Causes of Gum Disease (and What You Can Do About Them)

Gingivitis, better known as gum disease, is the first stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated it becomes periodontitis, which is a devastating inflammation of your gums that gradually weakens the soft and hard structures supporting your teeth. Signs of gingivitis are typically red, swollen gums that tend to bleed easily when brushing.

There are many common causes of gum disease and some very easy ways to prevent them. Read on for some useful information about the most common causes to share with your family.

Not Visiting a Dentist for Regular Cleanings

Plaque is the harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth if you neglect them. It feels like a sticky film when you run your tongue across your teeth. If plaque is not removed regularly, it can eventually harden. The hardened plaque is commonly known as tartar. After this builds up on your teeth, it can only be removed by a dentist.

Fortunately, the disease can be quickly reversed by regular brushing, regular flossing, and by using mouthwash. Also, keep in mind that your diet and nutrition play a huge role in how well your gums (and your whole body) fight bacteria.

Smoking

We hope that you all realize the negative effects that smoking causes by now. Another effect of smoking that you may not be aware of is gum disease.

Ever wonder why smokers have bad breath, stained teeth, or stained dentures? Smoking inhibits your gums from doing their job. Not only do gums help keep your teeth and other dental implants like the all-on-4 implant procedure in place, they aid in keeping your mouth clean and your breath fresh.

Genetics

Recently, researchers have found evidence that, no matter how carefully you take care of your teeth in a day, it may simply boil down to your genetics. Therefore, it’s worth your while for your whole family to form a great relationship with your periodontist.

Crooked Teeth

Out-of-place teeth can be a breeding ground for the harmful bacteria that leads to gingivitis. Teeth that aren’t straight cause hard-to-reach angles and nooks that, even if you’re diligent about your dental care, you may be missing every day. Food and bacteria can get trapped in these spaces and can lead to future problems.

New Strains of Bacteria.

New types of bacteria have recently been discovered and introduced into the American market.  With new food products hitting the market and with food from other countries increasingly easy to obtain, it’s challenging to keep your dentures, all-on-4 dental implants, and teeth at their best.

 

Luckily, as technology advances, our periodontists stay up to date with newly developing methods to ensure your teeth have the best care possible at all times. 

So, the best and the first line of defense against gum disease is simple: remember to brush daily. The second best thing to do is visit your dentist regularly. If you’d like to learn more about the all-on-4 dental implant procedure, dentures, the teeth in a day procedure, or dental implants for single teeth contact us today to set up a consultation.

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