Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection that is a major cause of tooth loss in adults and triggers an inflammatory response in your body. Scientists believe it may be linked to other inflammatory diseases such as heart disease and stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancers, arthritis, and osteoporosis. As if this weren’t worrisome enough, research suggests that the incidence of gum disease may be 2-3 times higher than previously thought. This is alarming because only about 3% of those afflicted seek treatment.
Here are 7 factors that could make you vulnerable to developing gum disease:
Tobacco & Alcohol- Smoking or chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol are the leading causes of oral cancers. Doing both could put you at 15 times greater risk than others.
Generic Susceptibility-About 30% of the population inherits the tendency to be six times more at risk for gum disease.
Hormonal Changes- Life stages that bring natural changes in hormone levels include puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and andropause.
Stress- Stress has been linked to cancers and can make it more difficult for you to fight off oral and other infections.
Diabetes- Diabetics are at higher risk for infections including gum diseases which can make it more difficult to control blood sugar.
Clenching or Grinding Teeth- Excess force on the supporting tissues of your teeth could speed their deterioration.
Avoiding Dental Visits- Regular exams and confirmation of proper home care techniques can help you prevent gum disease. Our professionals can identify gum disease symptoms before you can and help you to halt or even reverse its progression.