Gum disease is not nearly as common as it once was. Still, one of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old, and it remains a leading cause of tooth loss. At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we provide treatment for gum disease.
Not only is gum disease a leading cause of tooth loss, it is also associated with serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.
In addition to age, other risk factors for gum disease include tobacco use. Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit.
It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may still be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help.
Stress, too, is another risk factor for gum disease. Stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.
Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.
Finally, certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.
If you are showing any signs at all of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know. We provide effective gum disease treatment. Other services at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium include general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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