Common Causes of Poor Gum Health
By Dr. Kaffey on May 30, 2017
Patients can count on the team at our Lansdale general dentistry practice to provide expert dental treatments that enhance wellness. We also stress the importance of prevention and good at-home care. By knowing what causes dental problems, patients can avoid these issues or address them as they arise.
With that in mind, let's consider some of the most common causes of periodontal disease and gum recession.
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you don't take care of your teeth and gums, tooth decay, gum disease, and many other dental health problems are more likely. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once a night. Ideally, consider brushing and flossing after every meal.
Brushing and Flossing Too Aggressively
Believe it or not, you can harm your gums from brushing or flossing too aggressively. To avoid bleeding gums and gum recession, be gentle yet thorough whenever you are cleaning your teeth.
Using Tobacco Products
We all know that cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco can lead to a heightened risk of lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. In addition, tobacco products can cause gum disease and gum recession. Consider this just another good reason to quit.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
When you grind your teeth, the stress can result in chips and cracks as well as gum recession. If you suspect that you clench or gnash your teeth as you sleep, speak with your dentist so the issue can be addressed as soon as possible.
Poor Dental Alignment
Crooked teeth and other issues with dental alignment can lead to teeth grinding as well as excessive pressure on certain parts of the mouth. Both can result in gun recession. Undergoing treatment for bruxism or orthodontic care can remedy this.
A lack of saliva in the mouth can make gum disease and many other dental problems more likely. Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. If dry mouth is persistent, consult with a dentist about other treatments to consider.
Medication Side Effects
Some medications can cause dry mouth and other side effects that can negatively impact your dental health. Be sure to discuss these side effects with your doctor when a drug is prescribed or recommended to you.
Junk food, soda, and other foods that are low in nutritional value can affect your general wellness and make tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Consider eating a better diet, one rich in fresh vegetables and fruits.
Hormonal Imbalances and Changes
Natural changes in hormones such as those associated with adolescence and a woman's monthly cycle can lead to heightened risk for gum problems. To address this, practice good oral hygiene at all times.
Genetics and Family History
Some people are simply born with genes that make them more likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease. In these cases, they need to be diligent with at-home dental care, and they should attend all dental visits as scheduled.
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If you would like to learn more about improving your dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our advanced dental care treatment center today. Our team will help you smile with renewed confidence and enhanced health.
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