Be Aware If You Are At Risk of Gum DiseaseAugust 19th, 2016
Do you or anyone you know have diabetes?
Do you or anyone you know smoke?
Are you or someone you know pregnant?
It may not be apparent, but there is something that those factors have in common. All of them can affect your likelihood of developing gum disease.
Fortunately, you can come to Ascension Premier Dental for periodontal treatment if you live in or near Geismar, LA. Our dentist and our staff have the knowledge and the skill to stop your gum disease in its tracks and to remove infected tissue from your mouth.
How Common Is Gum Disease?
According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, up to 75 percent of the adult population of the United States has some form of gum disease.
In many cases, this is gingivitis, a mild form of this disease. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 47 percent of American adults over 30 have some form of periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease.
Both of these figures are a reason to be concerned about your oral health, especially when you learn that gum disease — not tooth decay — is the leading cause of tooth loss in America.
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss or your gums appear redder or more swollen than usual, these are telltale signs of gingivitis. You may be able to reverse this condition by improving your daily oral hygiene care.
If you don’t, you will need to make an appointment with us later to treat your periodontitis.
Are You At Risk Of Periodontal Disease?
The obvious answer is yes since half or more of the population has some form of this disease.
The real question is this: are you at greater risk of gum disease than the average person? Here are a few factors that can make you more likely to develop periodontal problems:
◼︎ You Have Poor Oral Hygiene
This may be the main thing you want to consider. How well do you follow the American Dental Association’s recommendations for daily preventive care?
You should brush your teeth for two minutes twice per day. You also should floss between your teeth at least once per day. (You also should visit the dentist twice a year for routine checkups.)
Yet, a recent ADA survey showed that less than half of Americans floss daily. If you are in the majority in this particular survey, you are taking a risk with your oral health.
◼︎ You Are Pregnant
We apologize, ladies. We know this isn’t fair, but it is an unfortunate truth that comes with being pregnant. Your pregnancy is a reason to play close attention to your gum health.
When you are pregnant, your body creates more of the hormone progesterone. This hormone has a beneficial purpose because it helps to make your body a better home for your growing baby.
The downside is that this hormone also benefits the bacteria that cause gum disease. This is why it’s important that you maintain a good oral health routine and continue your regular dental visits during your pregnancy.
◼︎ You Are A Tobacco User
Cigars, cigarettes, pipe, and chewing tobacco are bad for your health. They are bad for your oral health, too, which really should not come as a surprise to anyone.
Tobacco products contain dozens of harmful chemicals, and none of them are good for your teeth or your gums.
Tobacco can affect your gums directly by damaging the tissue and indirectly by affecting your immune system. This makes it harder for your body to fight and to recover after gum disease has been removed.
And the damage caused by tobacco use also makes it more likely that your gum disease will return.
If you would like help quitting tobacco, visit quitwithusla.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
◼︎ You Have Diabetes
Diabetes and gum disease are like two rambunctious cousins to make each other worse when they get together.
Diabetes makes is more likely that you will develop gum disease. (One hypothesis is that this is a side effect of one of the symptoms of diabetes, dry mouth). Having gum disease also makes it more difficult to control your blood sugar levels.
Please make oral hygiene a priority if you do have diabetes.
◼︎ It Runs In Your Family
You may have inherited your father’s height and your mother’s sense of humor, but that’s not all they passed along to you. If gum disease is common in your family, then you may be more likely to develop it, too.
Get Treatment For Your Gum Disease
Ascension Premier Dental doesn’t want gum disease to affect you or your family. We will be glad to discuss preventive measures you can take. Our dentist is also here to help families in and around Geismar, LA, if any of your loved ones shows signs of gum disease.