Risk Factors for Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when the gum tissue becomes infected with bacteria, causing inflammation, redness, and receding. More serious symptoms include tooth infections, accessions, and dental damage. Studies show that older patients are at the highest risk of developing periodontitis, or severe gum disease, with over seventy percent of American over the age of sixty-five suffering from the condition. Here are the most common risk factors of the disease.
• Smoking: Tobacco is linked to many health risks, including lung disease, heart disease, and various types of cancer. Studies have shown that this is possibly the top factor in developing periodontitis. Not only is smoking a main cause, it also impedes recovery.
• Stress: Also a cause of many illnesses, and gum disease is one of them. Research shows that stress makes it difficult for the body to fight off infections. So if you are already at risk of periodontitis, or do not practice good dental hygiene, a high level or stress can worsen the situation.
• Genetics: Unfortunately, if you are genetically disposed to gum disease, your chances of suffering from it at some point in life are much greater.
• Medications: There are certain medications that can lead to dry mouth, a common factor in those with periodontal disease. These medications are often anti-depressants, oral contraceptives, and certain heart medications.
Other risk factors include bruxism, obesity, poor nutrition, and certain systemic disease. If any of the above applies to you, contact our San Fernando Valley dentist for a check-up appointment, and advice about avoiding gum disease.
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