Gum disease is a serious sickness that can lead to loss of teeth if left untreated. Additionally, researchers have linked gum disease to other serious conditions, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and pre-term birth. Despite these serious consequences, recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that almost half of the U.S. population over the age of 30 suffer from some form of periodontal (gum) disease.
But you don’t want to be a statistic. You care about your teeth and gums, and wish to do everything possible to maintain good oral health. Of course, we at the Yuba City Dental Group want to support that desire to the best of our ability.
So, what can help you prevent gum disease from ever developing in the first place? Let’s discuss some of the risk factors, as well as some strategies for prevention.
The bacteria found in plaque are the main culprit behind the development of gum disease. However, the following diseases, medications, and oral habits can increase your risk for developing gum disease, or worsen the effects. They include:
The best protection against developing gum disease is a good routine of oral hygiene. Make sure to brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. (Ask your dentist to demonstrate the proper brushing and flossing technique on your next visit, to make sure you’re doing it properly.) Additionally, you should make sure to see your dentist regularly for examinations and professional cleanings (at least twice a year if possible).
Additionally, you should avoid using tobacco and hold to a nutritious diet. Working with your doctor to develop a regular exercise plan will improve your overall health and help reduce stress. Additionally, an open dialogue with your primary care physician and dentist can help you combat other factors that increase your risk for developing gum disease.