Who is at risk for developing gum disease?
There are several risk factors for gum disease, and one of the problems is that it can develop and damage your oral health before you even know it exists. Your risk for developing gum disease increases in a number of cases:
- Poor oral hygiene – If you don’t brush at least twice a day and floss once, you give bacteria-filled plaque a chance to build up along and under the gum line and cause an infection.
- Smoking – If you need another reason to quit, you should know that one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease is smoking. Even worse, smoking also lowers the chance for successful treatment.
- Hormonal changes in women and girls – These changes make gums more sensitive, which makes it easier for a gum infection to develop.
- Diabetes – If you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing infections, including gum disease.
- Medications - There are hundreds of medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – that inhibit the production of saliva which promotes healthier gums. The result is a dry mouth, which leaves you vulnerable to infections such as gum disease.
- Genetics – Some people are more susceptible to gum disease than others due to genetics.
The best thing you can do if you’re worried about your risk for developing gum disease is to visit your Inman, SC dentist twice a year for dental exams and cleanings. During these appointments, we’ll ensure that your gums are healthy and provide treatment if we discover any problems.
Please call us at (864) 472-9019 to schedule an appointment.