The Causes of Poor Gum Health
By Chetan Patil, DDS PhD on May 04, 2017
When it comes to good dental health, having healthy gums is just as important as having healthy teeth. Our Englewood dental practice believes in proper preventative and restorative periodontal care. We think that helping patients understand the causes of gum disease and gum recession can go a long way toward prevention and healthy smiles.
With that in mind, let's consider some of the most common causes of poor gum health and what you can do to manage these issues.
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you don't brush your teeth or floss often enough, you're bound to suffer from gum disease or gum recession, not to mention tooth decay or acidic enamel erosion. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once a night. Ideally you should brush and floss after every meal.
Brushing and Flossing Aggressively
It may surprise you to learn this, but there is a wrong way to clean your teeth. When you brush or floss in an aggressive manner, you can injure the gum tissue, causing gum recession and other problems. Be sure to be gentle yet thorough when you brush your teeth, and to use a toothbrush that has soft bristles.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth grinding is the gnashing, clenching, and shifting of the teeth when you are asleep. The grinding can lead to damaged enamel and sore teeth, and it can also contribute to sore gums and gum recession. If you suspect that you suffer from teeth grinding, be sure to discuss these issues with your dentist.
Smoking and Chewing Tobacco
Smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to many different health problems, including heart disease, lung disease, and different kinds of cancers. In addition, tobacco products can result in periodontal disease, gum recession, oral cancer, and many other serious dental heath conditions. Consider this another compelling reason to kick the habit for good.
Poor Diet and Nutrition
You are what you eat, or so the old saying goes. If you eat junk food and don't hydrate properly, this can increase your risk for developing many dental health problems, including periodontal disease and gum recession. Make sure your diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and that you drink water throughout the day.
Diabetes can lead to a number of complications that affect various aspects of your health. Diabetics tend to run a higher risk of suffering from gum disease as well as tooth decay. Given these facts, be sure to practice proper oral hygiene, eat healthy, and monitor your blood sugar.
Changes in Hormones
Hormonal changes related to puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can increase a person's risk of developing gum disease. As these hormonal changes are unavoidable, be sure to practice proper oral hygiene to prevent serious periodontal health problems.
Genetics and Family History
Sometimes people's genes make them more prone to gum disease and tooth decay. If that's the case, practicing proper oral hygiene and making regular visits to the dentist can help you prevent and manage serious cavities and periodontal disease.
Learn More About Improving the Health of Your Gums
If you are interested in improving the health of your gums as well as your overall dental wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.
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