At the cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice of Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg, we look at the gums as the barometer not only of a person’s oral health, but of his or her overall health. The health of the gums can tell us a lot about a person’s lifestyle, cardiovascular and circulatory health, and, of course, dental habits. And while there are numerous outstanding restorative dentistry treatments that can return form, function, and health to a mouth affected by gum disease, there is no substitute for keeping that mouth free from gum disease in the first place.
One of the most effective ways Dr. Sternberg and his team help to keep their patients in optimal gum health is to provide them with education about periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is, unfortunately, the most common disease among American adults, affecting roughly 75 percent of the population. It is also the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. We hope that by acquainting our patients with the causes of poor gum health at our Freehold, NJ dental practice, we can help them actively work to avoid these causes and keep their gums clean and healthy.
For further information on good gum health, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg today.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Poor Gum Health?
The most common causes of poor gum health include:
- Poor oral hygiene: Gum disease, like tooth decay, is caused by bacterial plaque. While you can remove most bacterial plaque through proper brushing and flossing after each meal, you cannot remove it all. The only way to ensure that your teeth and gums are completely clean is to visit the dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and thorough oral exams. If you are not doing this, the plaque you are not removing is turning into a hard substance called tartar, and bacteria are spreading beneath the gum line. As you might imagine, this is not good for the health of your gums.
- Smoking: If you are a smoker, you are introducing millions of bacteria and other toxins into your mouth, in addition to the bacteria and toxins that are already present.
- Genetics: Although you may not be able to help it if you are among the 30 percent of people who are genetically predisposed to periodontal disease, you are not helping matters if you do not visit the dentist regularly.
- Age: People over the age of 65 are at higher risk of poor gum health.
- Chronic teeth grinding: Clinically known as bruxism, chronic teeth grinding can break down the periodontal tissues, increasing the risk of gum disease.
- Certain medications: People who take antidepressants and certain heart medications are at risk for gum disease.
- Pregnancy: While pregnant, women are at higher risk for gum disease.
- Certain health conditions: People with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, and AIDS are at heightened risk for gum disease.
Learn More about the Causes of Poor Gum Health
To learn more about the causes of poor gum health, please contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today.